The UK broadcast regulator OfCom “revoked the UK license of Iranian state broadcaster Press TV,” Journalism.co.uk reported.
According to Journalism.co.uk, the station was warned three months ago about its programming but finally lost its license because OfCom ruled that it “did not have proper control over its editorial output.”
Press TV was fined last month “for broadcasting an interview with a Newsweek journalist deemed to have been conducted under duress,” Journalism.co.uk noted. The Telegraph added that Press TV hasn’t paid that fine yet.
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The issue at hand is a violation of OfCom rules that require the OfCom “license holder – in this case London-based Press TV Ltd.” to be who runs the channel; however, OfCom apparently thinks “Tehran-based parent company Press TV International” was running the channel.
Press TV has called this a “clear instance of censorship” and OfCom noted that it’s only taken back “only a handful of licenses,” the UK Telegraph reported.