The English-language television broadcaster China Global Television Network (CGTN) is no longer broadcast via cable in Germany after the withdrawal of its broadcasting license in Great Britain. Since the British regulator Ofcom had withdrawn its license, a European agreement stipulated that the program could no longer be distributed in Germany, said a spokesman for the State Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia, the supervisory authority for private broadcasting in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Only in parts of Germany via cable TV
A spokesman for the cable company Vodafone said that the company had distributed the station only in North Rhine-Westphalia in the federal states of Hesse and Baden-Württemberg. Vodafone is currently clarifying the legal situation.
The broadcast is therefore “paused” and a still image can be seen on the program slot.
The British media regulator Ofcom revoked CGTN’s broadcasting license at the beginning of February and justified this with political influence.
The station is ultimately controlled by the Communist Party, which is illegal under British law.
China then withdrew its license from the British broadcaster BBC on Thursday. BBC World News had committed serious violations of the country’s rules in reports on the People’s Republic.
The re is a dispute between the two states over the action against the democracy movement in the Chinese special administrative region and former British crown colony of Hong Kong.
ust / pg (rtr, dpa)