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RT – formerly Russia Today – stripped of UK licence by Ofcom

RT – formerly known as Russia Today – has been stripped of its UK broadcasting licence by the media watchdog Ofcom.

The regulator said there was “great concern” about a spate of impartiality breaches by the Kremlin-back broadcaster.

Ofcom said it was looking at 29 investigations into the station’s coverage of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the invasion of Ukraine.

Ofcom said RT could no longer provide an impartial view of the conflict.


Dame Melanie Dawes, the Ofcom chief executive, said:

“Freedom of expression is something we guard fiercely in this country, and the bar for action on broadcasters is rightly set very high.

“Following an independent regulatory process, we have today found that RT is not fit and proper to hold a licence in the UK.

“As a result, we have revoked RT’s UK broadcasting licence.”

The Kremlin has responded by blocking BBC’s coverage of the Ukrainian conflict within Russia.



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