ESAF on TV completely in dialect
Why doesn’t SRF comment on the national team in Swiss German?
The Federal Wrestling and Alpine Festival (ESAF) cast a spell over Switzerland. Many also liked the dialect of SRF commentator Stefan Hofmann. But why is it only commented on in Swiss German in Schwingen? Blick asked SRF.
In Schwingen, SRF Sport speaks dialect.
Carlo Emanuele Frezza
The commentary on SRF at the Federal Wrestling and Alpine Festival (ESAF) causes discussions. Stefan Hofmann roars into the microphone in dialect when Joel Wicki puts his opponent Matthias Aeschbacher on his back.
«Bring mother to the green»: Hofmann about the suffering Mamma Wicki in the final course of the ESAF(00:30)
Opinions on the Swiss-German commentary on SRF during the ESAF weekend by Hofmann and expert Adrian Käser are divided. Many have asked themselves why dialect works in wrestling, but not in the national team and in alpine skiing. Quite simply, if Dani Bolliger, Head of Live at SRF Sport, has his way: “The fact that Stefan Hofmann commented on the wrestling festivals in Swiss German is an exception. We want to do justice to wrestling as a traditional Swiss sport in the language of the comments.”
Huge cheers for the SRF duo: So Berthod and Hofmann go crazy in the Odermatt victory(00:32)
“Conscious decision for High German”
In the other sports, on the other hand, SRF uses High German “because of better comprehensibility. Because not everyone would understand every dialect equally well,” says Bolliger. “We deliberately chose Standard German as the standard language for our commentators. In addition, our broadcasts should also be able to be followed by foreign-language viewers.”
«De huere shit…»: Here SRF-Hofmale curses live on TV(00:14)
According to Bolliger, the comment from Hofmann and Käser at the ESAF was really well received. “We’ve received a lot of enthusiastic feedback,” says Bolliger. No feedback was received on the dialect language. This is probably due to the fact that the wrestling festivals have been commented on in Swiss German for many years.