According to @FT, after the UK revoked its license, #China's state-run broadcaster @CGTNOfficiale has turned to French authorities in an attempt to regain its right to broadcast in Europe.…
"The French media watchdog confirmed that it was approached by the broadcaster in December. But it declined to say when it would be able to establish whether CGTN transmits to satellite from a ground station in France and falls under the country’s jurisdiction."
"The watchdog said “additional analysis” would be necessary after the ruling by UK media regulator Ofcom, which stripped the network of its license to air after concluding that it was editorially controlled by the Chinese Communist Party."
"The loss of its UK license was a blow for CGTN, which has made a big bet on London, launching its European broadcasting hub there less than two years ago. Unlike Britain, France does not have rules that prohibit state-controlled broadcasters from airing in the country."
"A decades-old treaty between members of the Council of Europe, a 47-member organisation that is separate from the EU and therefore not affected by Brexit, mandates that an international broadcaster can beam into the territories of signatories...
... as long as it falls under the jurisdiction of one member."
"Were the French regulator, which stressed that its review was of a technical rather than political nature, to conclude that CGTN falls under its jurisdiction, it could reinstate CGTN’s right to broadcast in the UK."
"German broadcasting watchdog Medienanstalten told the Financial Times that it had not found evidence of CGTN approaching media regulators in countries other than France, adding that it was now waiting for the French authorities to make a decision."
"Several distributors that carry CGTN in Germany, including Vodafone, have temporarily stopped broadcasting the channel while they await further instruction."

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