BBC World News barred from airing in China

The BBC headquarters in Portland Place, London. PHOTO BY BEN STANSALL /AFP via Getty Images

Toronto Star

February 12, 2021

British television channel BBC World News was barred on Friday from airing in China, a week after Britain’s media regulator revoked Chinese state television’s licence to broadcast in the United Kingdom.

China’s National Radio and Television Administration said an investigation found BBC World News’ China-related reports had “seriously violated” regulations, including that news should be “truthful and fair,” had harmed the country’s national interests and undermined national unity.

The channel, therefore, does not meet requirements for foreign channels broadcasting in China and its application to air for another year would not be accepted, it added.

English-language BBC World News is not included in most TV channel packages in China, but is available in some hotels and residences.

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  1. Since Bell has changed AM 1040 Vancouver from sports to a “funny” format, would it not be wonderful if Bell broadcast the BBC World Service (radio) on this frequency? I’m tired of listening to this via the internet.


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