Reuters reported in February that the UK had revoked the TV license for China Global Television Network, concluding that it is ultimately controlled by the Chinese Communist Party. According to the report:
February 4, 2021 Britain’s media regulator on Thursday revoked a Chinese TV licence after it concluded that the Chinese Communist Party had ultimate editorial responsibility for the channel while Beijing lodged an official complaint over the BBC’s COVID-19 coverage.Britain and China have been exchanging barbs for months over Beijing’s crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong, concerns over the security of Huawei technology and the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China’s remote Xinjiang region.After an investigation, the British regulator Ofcom concluded that China Global Television Network’s (CGTN), an English language international Chinese channel, was ultimately controlled by the Communist Party.“Our investigation showed that the licence for China Global Television Network is held by an entity which has no editorial control over its programmes,” Ofcom said.
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China retaliated for the action a few days later by banning the BBC. This week, Ofcom fined Star China Media Limited, the operating company of China Global Television Network (CGTN), £225,000 for serious breaches of the Broadcasting Code.
The GIOR reported last October on an Alliance for Securing Democracy report that state-backed outlets such as T‑House or China Global Television Network (CGTN) and its commentators had likened the US Presidential election debates to a “kindergarten dust-up” and criticized both candidates’ performances, although the overall coverage was slightly more favorable to the Biden-Harris campaign.
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