UK bans Kremlin backed RT News channel

The UK has banned Kremlin-backed RT News after Ofcom revoked their broadcast licence.

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The TV watchdog said RT’s licence, ANO TV Novosti, is ‘not fit and proper’ to hold a licence amid 29 ongoing investigations into the ‘due impartiality of the news and current affairs coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine’. 

A statement released by the regulator on Friday said: ‘We consider the volume and potentially serious nature of the issues raised within such a short period to be of great concern – especially given RT’s compliance history, which has seen the channel fined £200,000 for previous due impartiality breaches. 

Speaking this morning, Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said it was ‘right our independent regulator has taken action against RT’.

She added: ‘The outlets’ lies and propaganda, where victims are cast as the aggressors and the brutality of Russia’s actions are concealed, have absolutely no place on our screens.’  

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