The BBC’s announcement comes amid a flurry of mass cancellations in Russia, from Green Day concerts to Grand Prix and Batman movie releases.
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The BBC has asked Russian broadcasters to pull popular shows including Doctor Who and the filming of Serious Dance from their showtimes following President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
The announcement from BBC bosses came on Tuesday and announced that the broadcaster had stopped licensing all content to broadcast to Russian audiences.
This comes after five people died and five were injured in a Russian air strike by Vladimir Putin’s forces that damaged a Kyiv TV tower, according to Ukrainian officials.
Ukraine’s ministry adviser Anton Herashchenko posted online the footage of Friday’s Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The BBC has also now requested that shows such as Dancing With The Stars and David Attenborough’s The Green Planet be removed from scheduled programming in Russia.
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A statement from the public broadcaster said: “In common with other media organisations, we have followed events closely.
“The BBC’s executive team met today and they have decided to stop licensing content to Russian customers.”
ITV also showed their support for Ukraine amid the ongoing crisis after they announced their decision to stop selling to Russian customers in the future.
An official statement from the broadcaster read: “We have taken the decision to discontinue new sales to Russian customers because we do not believe in doing business with them at this time.”
This comes as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds becomes the latest musical to cancel performances in Russia for “atrocities” with the invasion of Ukraine.
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The 64-year-old performer was scheduled to perform shows at the Bol Festival in Moscow and Kyiv’s Sports Palace with his band in the summer.
The band joined the likes of Louis Tomlinson, Green Day and The Killers, who have also canceled their upcoming shows in Russia.
Russia has been hit by a series of subsequent cancellations, with the Russian Grand Prix being withdrawn from the F1 calendar.
In the entertainment industry, several prominent Hollywood companies, including Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, and The Walt Disney Company, have halted the release of films in Russia in response to the Ukraine crisis.
Days before the release of the highly anticipated blockbuster The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz, the film’s nationwide release was halted due to a humanitarian crisis.
A statement from Warner Bros concluded: “We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops. We hope for a speedy and peaceful resolution to this tragedy. “
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