CNN: UK pulls license of Chinese state-owned broadcaster CGTN
Thu February, 2021, Age: 2 years
UK media regulator, Ofcom, announced Thursday that it had withdrawn China Global Television Network’s (CGTN) broadcast license after finding that the network was not exercising “editorial responsibility” for the network’s content but was merely acting as a distributor. Ofcom has previously censured CGTN for its coverage of the Hong Kong protests in 2019. Ofcom also rejected a CGTN proposal to transfer the license to a third party operator after concluding that the operator would fall under the control of the Chinese Communist Party. As a result of Ofcom’s decision, CGTN was pulled from UK airwaves immediately. CGTN is expected to challenge the decision in court.