Tag: Ofcom

UK: Conservative Peer Michael Grade Announced as Next Chairman of Ofcom

Media executive and Conservative peer Michael Grade has been announced as the next chairman of Ofcom. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries named the 79-year-old—who has held senior positions at the BBC, ITV and Channel 4—as the Government’s preferred candidate for the role. The process to find a suitable candidate to chair the watchdog, which oversees broadcasting…


BBC ‘Temporarily Suspends’ Work of News Journalists in Russia

The BBC is “temporarily suspending” the work of all its news journalists and support staff in Russia after authorities passed legislation cracking down on foreign outlets. Director-General Tim Davie said the new law appeared to “criminalise the process of independent journalism” in the country. The Russian parliament approved a law on Friday that would make…


Ofcom Fines Chinese Broadcaster Over Forced Confession Programs

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has fined a Chinese state broadcaster a further £200,000 ($273,000) over two programs aired in the UK that contained forced confessions. CGTN, previously known as CCTV, is an international English-language satellite news channel owned by the Chinese regime and directly controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Ofcom revoked CGTN’s broadcast…


Radio Station May Face Sanctions After Airing ‘Jihadi Lyrics’

A community radio station may face sanctions after it broadcast a chant that contained “jihadi lyrics” that were an “indirect call to action,” a broadcast watchdog has said. Link FM, which is based in Sheffield, broadcast a chant—known as a “Nasheed”—twice during two breakfast shows in December last year. Following the airing, four complaints were…


EU, UK Voice Concerns After BBC, RTE Correspondents Forced to Leave China

The European Union and the UK on Friday voiced their concerns over media freedom in China after two journalists working for British and Irish broadcasters were forced to leave the country late last month. The BBC’s China correspondent John Sudworth and his wife, Yvonne Murray, the China correspondent of the Irish broadcaster RTE, left China…


UK Fines Chinese Broadcaster CGTN Over Forced Confessions, Hong Kong Coverage

Britain’s broadcasting regulator Ofcom on Monday imposed financial penalties on Chinese state broadcaster CGTN for airing forced confessions and biased coverage of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. CGTN, or China Global Television Network, is an international English-language satellite news channel owned by the Chinese regime and directly controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Ofcom…


UK Revoking License for Chinese-State Media ‘A Moment of Triumph’: Forced Confession Victims

The revocation of a broadcasting license for the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) English-language news channel in the UK has been described as a “moment of triumph” and “historically significant,” victims of the regime’s human rights abuses have said. The UK’s broadcasting regulator Ofcom on Thursday revoked a license it had granted to the CCP’s global TV mouthpiece China Global Television…


UK Revoking Licence for Chinese-State Media ‘A Moment of Triumph’: Forced Confession Victims

The revocation of a broadcasting license for the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) English-language news channel in the UK has been described as a “moment of triumph” and “historically significant,” by victims of the regime’s human rights abuses. The UK’s broadcasting regulator Ofcom on Thursday revoked a license it had granted to the CCP’s global TV mouthpiece China Global Television Network…


Chinese State Broadcaster CGTN Banned in UK

Britain’s broadcasting regulator on Thursday revoked the licence for Chinese television outlet CGTN to broadcast in the UK. CGTN, or China Global Television Network, is an international English-language satellite news channel owned by the Chinese regime and directly controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Ofcom made the decision (pdf) after it concluded that the…