UK regulator Ofcom revokes RT’s broadcast license – POLITICO

UK media regulator Ofcom Friday has revoked the broadcast license of the Kremlin-backed RT channel, effective immediately.

The watchdog said it did not consider RT’s licensee, ANO TV Novosti, to be “fit and appropriate” to hold a UK license.

In 12 pages decisionThe regulator argued that ANO TV Novosti cannot be considered a responsible broadcaster given the “pressure that all media providers in Russia are currently under by the Russian state and its particular relationship.” body of ANO TV Novosti with the Russian Federation.”

The regulator added in a press release that “new laws in Russia could criminalize any independent press leaving the Russian state”, RT is unlikely to be able to comply with the “rules of the Russian Federation”. fair switch” on broadcasting.

According to Rasmus Klein Nielsen, Director of the Reuters Institute for Journalism, RT’s online reach is extremely limited in the UK

Ofcom’s decision comes after RT was officially banned in the EU on March 2, in a move designed to crack down on Russian disinformation.

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