Government to stop Press TV broadcasting in the UK

Posted on January 20, 2012


Iranian news network Press TV has had its licence revoked by the media regulator Ofcom and will no longer be allowed to broadcast in the UK.

Ofcom said the state broadcaster’s English language outlet had breached several broadcasting licence rules over editorial control of the channel.

Press TV has also failed to pay a £100,000 fine imposed last year.

The channel called the decision “a clear example of censorship”. It will be removed from Sky on 20 January.

The £100,000 fine was imposed last year after the network broadcast an interview with imprisoned Newsweek and Channel 4 journalist Maziar Bahari, which the Ofcom said had been conducted under duress.

Ofcom said Press TV had “indicated it is unwilling and unable to pay”.

It was during the investigation into the Bahari interview that the media regulator formed the impression that editorial decisions on the channel were being controlled by the offices in Tehran, instead of the UK.


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