NRTA's decision on pulling BBC World News off air is legitimate and reasonable: embassy
China's broadcasting regulator's decision on pulling BBC World News off the air in the country for serious content violation is legitimate and reasonable, the Chinese embassy in the UK said in a statement on Friday.
It urged the BBC to stop fabricating and spreading disinformation, as well as unfair, biased, and irresponsible reporting against the Communist Party of China and the Chinese government, and to take concrete actions to remove the adverse impact of its related reports in the statement.
The National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) said BBC World News was found to have seriously violated regulations on radio and television management and on overseas satellite television channel management in its China-related reports, which went against the requirements that news reporting must be true and impartial, and undermined China's national interests and ethnic solidarity.
"As the channel fails to meet the requirements to broadcast in China as an overseas channel, BBC World News is not allowed to continue its service within Chinese territory. The NRTA will not accept the channel's broadcast application for the new year," the regulator said in a statement.
Radio Television Hong Kong on Friday said in a statement that it will not broadcast BBC World Service and BBC News Weekly starting from Friday 11:00 p.m. (local time).