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British regulator revokes UK license of Russian broadcaster RT

In this June 11, 2013 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, visits the new headquarters of the 'Russia Today' television channel in Moscow, Russia. (Yuri Kochetkov/Pool Photo via AP, File)
In this June 11, 2013 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, visits the new headquarters of the 'Russia Today' television channel in Moscow, Russia. (Yuri Kochetkov/Pool Photo via AP, File)

LONDON — Britain’s communications regulator revokes the license of Russian-backed broadcaster RT amid investigations of its coverage of the Ukraine war.

The regulator, Ofcom, says in a statement that it does not consider RT’s licensee, ANO TV Novosti, to be “fit and proper to hold a UK broadcast license.”

Ofcom says the decision follows 29 ongoing investigations into the impartiality of RT’s news and current affairs coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The regulator says: “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 license to broadcast with immediate effect.’’

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