Ofcom has today imposed a financial penalty of �30,000 on Regis 1 Limited, the company that runs Sangat TV.
Sangat TV is a Sikh channel that broadcasts in English and Punjabi. On 21st January 2013, Ofcom found the channel in breach of the Broadcasting Code for transmitting material that was likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime or lead to disorder.
The finding related to a programme about a violent attack on a retired commander of the Indian armed forces in London. In August this year, four men of Sikh origin were found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm because they carried out the attack.
Ofcom found that the programme contained statements that were likely to encourage members of the Sikh community to take violent action against certain members of the Indian armed forces.
Ofcom found the broadcaster in breach of Rule 3.1 of the Broadcasting Code, which states ���Material likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime or to lead to disorder must not be included in television or radio services�.
Due to the serious nature of the breach, Ofcom has imposed a financial penalty of �30,000 on Regis 1 Limited.