China pulls BBC World News off air for content ‘violation’

China’s broadcasting regulator announces it has pulled BBC World News from the air, saying the channel’s content “seriously” violated guidelines for reporting in the country.

In a statement, China’s State Film, TV and Radio Administration says BBC World News reports about China were found to “seriously violate” broadcast guidelines, including “the requirement that news should be truthful and fair” and not “harm China’s national interests.”

“The State Film, TV and Radio Administration does not permit the BBC to continue broadcasting in China, and does not accept its new annual application for broadcast,” it says.

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