China’s CGTN Broadcasting License Revoked By U.K. Regulator

The U.K.’s broadcast regulator, Ofcom, announced on Thursday that it had revoked the license of CGTN, the overseas arm of China Central Television.

Ofcom explained that it had withdrawn the license for CGTN to broadcast in the UK, after investigation confirmed that the license is wrongfully owned by Star China Media Limited.

The regulator explained that licensees must have editorial control over the licensed service, and license holders cannot be controlled by political bodies.

Ofcom explained that CGTN has violated these two counts because editorial control rests with CCTV, which is controlled by the country, and that Star China Media is a distributor of the CGTN services in the U.K, and not the service provider.

Ofcom rejected the application to transfer the licence to an entity called China Global Television Network Corporation (CGTNC), because crucial information was missing from the application, and that it was considered that CGTNC would be disqualified from holding a license as it’s controlled by a body, which is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.

CGTN has been found to breach the regulator’s Broadcasting Code for partial coverage of the Hong Kong protest, which is a breach of the U.K fairness and privacy rules.

In a statement, Ofcom said: “We expect to conclude separate sanctions proceedings against CGTN for due impartiality and fairness and privacy breaches shortly,”

Though, CGTN and CCTV have not responded to the allegations, but the U.K. move may spike a controversy between the two countries.

Tayo Balogun

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