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BBC World News Blocked in China Following CGTN Ban in U.K.

  • Decision follows U.K. watchdog’s withdrawal of CGTN license
  • Broadcasting bans underscore tension between U.K. and China
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The British Broadcasting Corp.’s World News has been taken off the air in China following the U.K.’s removal of Chinese state-backed broadcaster CGTN’s license last week.

BBC reports on China violated regulations that news bulletins should be “truthful and fair,” China’s National Radio and Television Administration said in a statement on Friday in Beijing. The U.K.’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a Twitter post that the decision represented an “unacceptable curtailing of media freedom” and that it would damage China’s reputation.