Hong Kong Public Broadcaster RTHK Drops BBC Programs After China Ban

Hong Kong’s publicly funded broadcaster RTHK said on Friday it was suspending the relay of BBC radio programming, one day after the Chinese regime banned BBC World News from airing in the country. In a statement, RTHK said: “As the National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) announced that BBC World News was not allowed to continue its service within Chinese territory and it would not accept the BBC’s broadcast application for the new year, RTHK will suspend the relay of BBC World Service and BBC News Weekly from 2300hr, 12 February 2021.” RTHK, or Radio Television Hong Kong, is a Hong Kong government agency but has a charter guaranteeing editorial independence. RTHK’s Radio 4 (R4) station had carried BBC World Service radio for eight hours each night and the R1 station had carried a one-hour BBC program once a week. The European Commission said that RTHK’s move had further added …

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