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KTV chopped by Ofcom for ‘serious breach of broadcasting rules’

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KTV chopped by Ofcom for ‘serious breach of broadcasting rules’

Ofcom suspends KTV’s licence following a serious breach of broadcasting rules

Ofcom suspended Khalsa Television Limited’s licence to broadcast after an investigation found the KTV channel in breach of broadcasting rules.

The KTV television channel broadcasts to the Sikh community in the United Kingdom. The television regulator’s investigation found that Prime Time, a 95-minute live discussion programme, included material likely to incite violence.

The presenter of the programme made a number of statements throughout the programme which, taken together, promoted violent action, including murder, as an acceptable and necessary form of action to further the Khalistani cause. This, Ofcom states, ‘was a serious breach of our rules on incitement of crime and disorder.’

Given the serious nature of this breach, and for the reasons set out in our suspension notice, we are today suspending Khalsa Television Limited’s licence to broadcast in the UK with immediate effect. –  OFCOM

Khalsa Television Limited has 21 days, from March 31st, in which to make representations to Ofcom. Following this process, the regulator will then decide whether to revoke Khalsa Television Limited’s licence.

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