Ofcom Revokes RT’s Broadcast Licence

Ofcom has just revoked RT’s licence to broadcast in the UK with immediate effect. They say after reviewing their output they are not “fit and proper to hold a UK broadcast licence”

“Today’s decision comes amid 29 ongoing investigations by Ofcom into the due impartiality of RT’s news and current affairs coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. We consider the volume and potentially serious nature of the issues raised within such a short period to be of great concern – especially given RT’s compliance history, which has seen the channel fined £200,000 for previous due impartiality breaches.”

“Taking all of this into account, as well as our immediate and repeated compliance concerns, we have concluded that we cannot be satisfied that RT can be a responsible broadcaster in the current circumstances. Ofcom is therefore revoking RT’s licence to broadcast with immediate effect.”

The news follows Guido’s exclusive pictures yesterday of the RT Millbank offices being cleared out.

Seems shortsighted – RT was already off almost all screens thanks to Sky, Freesat and Freeview all blocking the channel, now Russia has an excuse to kick the BBC out of their country…

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Russia Today Clearing Out Westminster Studio

Russia Today are currently clearing out their studio in Millbank Tower. Their office has been practically silent for the last couple of weeks, and now they’re finally packing their bags and hitting the road. The TVs have been switched off and it looks like their studio equipment is being hauled out the building at the time of going to pixel. Putin’s off-air propaganda channel looks to be permanently vacating the place they’ve called home for so long…

Pictured is George Galloway’s studio kit being removed. Earlier today Alex Salmond was spotted outside RT’s Millbank office:

Handy for the new Cold War…

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Putin Tells Ukrainian Army to Surrender, Calls Ukrainian Government “Drug Addicts and Neo-Nazis”

The live translator merely reports Putin calling the Ukrainian government “Nazis”, however multiple Russian-translating journalists have reported the full quote as “Take power into your own hands. It looks like it’ll be easier for us to make a deal with you than this gang of drug addicts and neo-Nazis.” Russia Today need a new translator…

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Pros & Cons of Banning Putin’s Propaganda Channel

Guido leans towards not banning Putin’s RT channel in the UK for the following reasons:

  • The propaganda is counter-productively nonsensical at times
  • Free democracies can withstand misinformation because they have a plurality of news sources
  • It will give Putin an excuse to ban British media organisations that puncture Putin’s domestic hyper-reality

Though now it transpires that Alastair Campbell used the channel to demagogically call for the overthrow of the democratic will of a sovereign nation post-referendum, it is giving Guido second thoughts. On balance, the tiny audience for the channel probably does not make a ban worthwhile…

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Salmond Suspends RT Show Until Peace is Re-Established

Salmond has suspended his Russia Today show – statement in full:

“Släinte Media have decided to suspend the Alex Salmond Show broadcast on RT until further notice. We now have the worst of all fears – a hot war in Europe. The efforts of every single person should be to re-establish the peace. That certainly is our focus, and therefore Slainte Media have decided to suspend the Alex Salmond Show until that can be secured. There is no productive point in having the future of a television show dominate Prime Minister’s Questions as it did yesterday, when politicians should be rising to the occasion of the great issues of peace in Europe.

The Show has broadcast over 200 independently produced episodes by a Scottish company run by Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh and I. Each and every one of the programmes has attempted to give a range of serious people of contrasting opinions a fair chance to state their views. That applied from our first interview with Carles Puigdemont to today’s interview with Sir Vince Cable.

That will be the last one broadcast until a peace is re-established. As our hundreds of quests can testify, I should make it clear that not once in all of that time, has there been a single piece of editorial interference of any kind from RT. They have kept entirely to their commitments on this in line with the Ofcom code.

In contrast, the blatant attacks on freedom of speech from establishment political parties are not just entirely hypocritical, but have whipped up a crescendo of personal abuse and harassment of my co-presenter Ms Ahmed-Sheikh to the extent that she is now quite legitimately concerned about the safety of her family. 

All wars come to an end. Let us pray that this one will not escalate even further. Now every single persons’ efforts should turn to supporting attempts to regain the peace.”

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Vince Cable Appearing on Russia Today Embarrasses LibDems

Straight on from repeatedly denying there is an ongoing Uyghur genocide in China, Vince Cable has made another questionable foreign policy statement: appearing on Alex Salmond’s Russia Today show. Just a day after LibDem MP Jamie Stone slammed Salmond’s continued appearance on the channel…

Cable – still a LibDem member – spends a whole 30 minutes on the show, primarily plugging his new book and patting himself on the back for his Gordon Brown Mr Bean PMQs jibe. Funnily enough, Ukraine isn’t discussed…
UPDATE: LibDem spokesperson: “Vince has many views which the party has always valued, but appearing on RT is wrong. As a leader his strong criticism of the Salisbury incident and Russian oligarchs in the UK are on the record.”

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