Looking back at 70 years of SRI This gallery traces the 70-year history of Swiss Radio International (SRI), formerly known as the Swiss Shortwave Service, which goes off the air at the end of October. swissinfo.ch An SRI programme in production during the 1960s (SRI Archive/A Winkler). swissinfo.ch The Swiss Shortwave Service's first studio was located on Neuengasse in the centre of Bern (SRI Archive). swissinfo.ch By 1971, SRI was broadcasting to the world in nine languages, including Arabic, Romansh and Esperanto (SRI Archive). swissinfo.ch Jaime Ortega is pictured here in 1983 while on assignment to track down Swiss living in the Amazon region (SRI Archive). swissinfo.ch An SRI journalist collects familiar sounds from home for future broadcast to Swiss living abroad (SRI Archive). swissinfo.ch Paul Chaudet, a Swiss cabinet minister from 1955 to 1966, answers questions posed by an SRI journalist (SRI Archive/H Schlegel). swissinfo.ch Juan Carlos Moreno is seen here in 1987 cutting and preparing a programme tape for broadcast (SRI Archive/H Schlegel). swissinfo.ch The newsroom, SRI's central newsgathering department, is seen here in a photo from the early 1980s (SRI Archive/H Schlegel). swissinfo.ch An SRI journalist consults wire reports coming in by telex from cities around the world (SRI Archive/E&M Baumann). swissinfo.ch Journalists were expected to keep up to date with events reported in the foreign press (SRI Archive). swissinfo.ch Mahmoud Bouneb from SRI's Arabic Service is seen here interviewing Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 1994 (SRI Archive). swissinfo.ch Nicolas Lombard (left), who will retire as the director of SRI at the end of this year, is pictured in conversation with Israeli politician Shimon Peres at a forum in 1982 (SRI Archive/H Schlegel). swissinfo.ch Promotional material advertising SRI's programmes was put on display in the window of the Swiss Tourist Office in London in 1952 (SRI Archive/Brzeski). swissinfo.ch SRI organised an on-air competition on the topic of Switzerland's 1964 national exhibition (SRI Archive). swissinfo.ch The Schwarzenburg shortwave transmitter was dismantled in 1998 (SRI Archive). swissinfo.ch This content was published on October 15, 2004 - 10:57 October 15, 2004 - 10:57 Share Facebook Twitter E-mail Print Copy link More More The ethics of artificial intelligence The challenges are immense for Switzerland, which is one of the leading developers of artificial intelligence (AI). You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us! If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at email@example.com. Sort by Newest first Oldest first Load more More More Swiss federal elections 2023 It's time to decide who sits in the Swiss parliament by casting your vote in the federal elections on October 22. Here's our election guide.