France approved landing clearance
French regulators announced Wednesday that China International Television (CGTN) had been granted permission to land. This means CGTN will be able to continue broadcasting in Europe, including the UK, the report said.
CGTN petitioned France’s Supreme Audiovisual Commission (CSA) in December to allow it to fall under its jurisdiction, the report said. The report explained that this effectively amounts to a kind of authorization. A statement by France’s Supreme Audiovisual Commission on Wednesday confirmed that CGTN actually falls under the jurisdiction of the CSA.
It is understood that under a multi-year licensing sharing agreement, broadcast licenses obtained in one European country can be used across the whole of Europe. The agreement was signed within the framework of the European Council, of which Britain remains a member despite leaving the bloc. So Brexit is not going to have any impact on that.
On February 4, Ofcom said in a statement that it had revoked the license of China International Television Station (CGTN) to operate in the UK. The Guardian reported on the same day that the UK had refused to allow CGTN to be transferred as it was “controlled by the Communist Party of China”.
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In response, CGTNN issued a statement in the early hours of February 5, saying that it regrets and resolutely opposes the final ruling of Ofcom. In early 2020, under the manipulation of some far-right groups and anti-China forces, Ofcom suddenly launched an investigation into the licensing of CGTN’s English language news channel in the UK, according to CGTN’s statement. With a positive attitude of cooperation, we gave a detailed explanation to the OFCOM and put forward a suggestion of transferring the landing permit to the OFCOM, actively seeking a proper solution. Ofcom rejected and revoked CGTN’s licence on the grounds of “political nature”, despite the channel’s reputation as an international media professional and its 18-year track record in the UK.