Ofcom revokes UK broadcasting licence of Kremlin-backed RT TV channel
Breaking News: The media regulator, Ofcom, has revoked the Russian-backed television channel RT’s licence to broadcast in the UK with immediate effect.
The channel suddenly disappeared from British television screens two weeks ago as a result of EU sanctions but Ofcom’s latest decision makes it almost impossible for it to return to the UK.
The decision does not stop RT, formerly known as Russia Today, from publishing online output aimed at influencing British audiences – which often reached larger audiences than the television channel did. This is because Ofcom regulates only broadcast outlets.
RT has already faced 29 investigations by Ofcom into specific breaches of British impartiality rules over its coverage of the war in Ukraine. The channel had portrayed the invasion as a peacekeeping mission to protect pro-Russian breakaway states.