Ofcom has today confirmed the broadcasting licence suspension of Club TV Limited, which operates Peace TV in UK.
Ofcom said Peace TV Urdu repeatedly rebroadcast material that it had previously found incited murder.
Ofcom has a duty to suspend a broadcast licence if we are satisfied that the licensee has broadcast a programme likely to encourage or to incite the commission of crime; that it has therefore contravened its licence conditions; and that the contravention justifies the revocation of the licence.
On 18th November 2019, having received Ofcom’s draft suspension notice, Club TV surrendered its licence.
Its sister company Lord Production Inc Limited, which held the licence to broadcast the English language Peace TV service, also surrendered its licence at the same time. The Peace TV and Peace TV Urdu services are no longer broadcasting.
Club TV explained that it had surrendered its broadcasting licence because “on the 18th November 2019 the board of trustees of Islamic Research Foundation International (1122086) had conveyed to us that they have decided to stop all funding. We are unhappy with the decision because this error was not because of us but rather a technical one…We should add that we do not accept that it would have been necessary, fair or lawful for our licence to be suspended or revoked had it not been surrendered.”
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