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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

Ofcom ‘ordered’ to review RT

The UK culture secretary has firmly advised Ofcom to take “timely and transparent” action against Russia’s state broadcaster in the UK amid concerns it is spreading disinformation. Nadine Dorries has told the regulator Ofcom she is concerned that RT will “look to spread harmful disinformation” in the UK. She says that the Russian government is […]

February 23, 2022

DW expelled from Russia in RT retaliation  

Russia is expelling German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) in retaliation for a German ban on Russia’s RT The press credentials of DW’s correspondents would be revoked, its bureau in Russia closed, and its German-language broadcasts would be banned from Russian satellite television. German authorities banned broadcasts by RT DE, the broadcaster’s German-language channel, saying […]

February 4, 2022

RT launches RT DE channel

RT DE, the latest 24/7 TV news channel from global news network RT, has gone live. The channel, which brings news and views to the German-speaking world, features a mix of live news, debates, documentaries and original programming. “The degree of resistance and hostility with which RT was met in Germany is unlike anything we […]

December 16, 2021

YouTube bans RT German channel

YouTube has removed RT’s German-language channels for “breaching its Covid misinformation policy”. “YouTube has always had clear community guidelines that outline what is allowed on the platform,” said the streaming platform. RT’s German channel was initially issued a strike for uploading content that violated YouTube’s Covid misinformation policy, resulting in a suspension of posting rights […]

September 29, 2021