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RT pulled from African transmissions

Broadcasts of RT, the former Russia Today, have been pulled over Africa. While the channel went dark on South Africa’s DStv pay-TV bouquet in March last year, there were still transmissions on StarSat and StarTimes for many African countries. These have now ended with SES blacking out the channel. SES in the past has said […]

February 27, 2023By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat crashes to all-time low

Investors didn’t much care for Eutelsat’s half-year financials issued on February 17th. Eutelsat’s share price fell 8.95 per cent on the day to €6.46 per share, a worrying low-point for the past 12-months and a 64.99 per cent collapse on the past  five years. It is also an all-time low for the company’s shares. The […]

February 20, 2023By Chris Forrester

SES responds to Russia carriage complaints

SES says it has fully complied with the suspension of sanctioned Russian channels across the EU, Russia and Ukraine. When the European sanctions were passed on March 2nd, SES turned off the designated signals of specific RT channels and Sputnik across Europe immediately. “Russia Today is delivered indirectly via the satellite from one customer in […]

November 25, 2022By Chris Forrester

Ofcom: RT in breach of due impartiality rules

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has found that RT’s news and current affairs coverage in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine breached due impartiality rules on 29 occasions in four days. When dealing with major matters such as wars or areas of conflict (in these cases, specifically the ongoing conflict in the Donbas region), all […]

July 18, 2022By Colin Mann

Ofcom revokes RT’s broadcast licence

Broadcast regulator Ofcom has revoked news channel RT’s licence to broadcast in the UK, with immediate effect. It says it has done so on the basis that it does not consider RT’s licensee, ANO TV Novosti, fit and proper to hold a UK broadcast licence. The decision comes amid 29 ongoing investigations by Ofcom into […]

March 18, 2022By Colin Mann

RT closes US studio

RT America, the US version of Russian-backed news channel RT, is to close its US studios and lay off most of its staff. Its bureaus in New York, Washington, Miami and Los Angeles are affected. Misha Solodovnikov, the general manager of T&R Productions, the company that produces RT America, told staff in an email that […]

March 4, 2022By Chris Forrester

Ofcom: 12 new RT investigations

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has opened a further 12 investigations into the due impartiality of programmes on the RT news channel. This takes the total number of RT programmes under investigation to 27. “We are very concerned by the volume of programmes on RT that are raising potential issues under the Broadcasting Code, and as […]

March 3, 2022By Colin Mann

Ofcom launches 15 investigations into RT

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has opened 15 new investigations into the due impartiality of news programmes on the RT news channel. Ofcom has observed a significant increase in the number of programmes on the RT service that warrant investigation under its Broadcasting Code. When dealing with major matters such as the crisis in Ukraine, all […]

March 1, 2022By Colin Mann

Roku, NewsPlayer+ remove RT

In view of the on-going situation in Ukraine, RT (formerly known as Russia Today) has been suspended with immediate effect by the UK-based global streaming news platform NewsPlayer+. A NewsPlayer+ spokesperson said: “NewsPlayer+ is committed to bringing global perspectives and diverse views to our audience. But with a growing footprint around the world, in particular in […]

March 1, 2022

EU bans RT

The EU has banned the Russian-backed RT television channel, and the Sputnik news agency. RT, the former Russia Today, and the Sputnik outlets are seen as blatant propaganda machines. RT operates several language-specific TV channels while Sputnik supplies news websites in 31 languages. RT broadcasts in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, German and Russian. Germany banned […]

February 28, 2022By Chris Forrester