Russia Today could have licence REVOKED as Ofcom investigates channel


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RT could from its licence revoked after Ofcom announced it is launching an investigation

Last Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were create slumped on a bench in Salisbury town centre on Sunday, March 4.

The double remain in critical condition in the hospital after coming into telephone with one of the most dangerous chemicals known to man, Novichok. 

Yesterday, Theresa May put a 24-hour ultimatum to Moscow that will expire at midnight tonight to fix up with provision an explanation for the “indiscriminate and reckless act against the UK” suggesting Moscow was either at fault for the attack or had lost control of its nerve agent stockpile. 

She said: “On Wednesday we desire consider in detail the response from the Russian State.

“Should there be no credible response, we will conclude that this effectiveness amounts to an unlawful use of force by the Russian State against the United Sovereignty. 

Now Ofcom, the communications regulator has written to the holder of RT’s UK broadcast licences, ANO TV Novosti comprehending Mrs May’s statement. 

The regulator explained the letter said “should the UK investigating experts determine that there was an unlawful use of force by the Russian State against the UK, we intent consider this relevant to our ongoing duty to be satisfied that RT is fit and special.”

It goes on to explain that Ofcom will carry out an independent and hurried investigation into the Kremlin-controlled channel. 

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Theresa May demanded Russia present an explanation on the Russia spy poison attack in Salisbury

Details of how this questioning will be conducted were not specified.

The investigation comes as politicians be broached under fire for their ties with RT.

The former Scottish Prime Minister Alex Salmond has his own show with RT called The Alex Salmond May be seen and it has been airing last November.

Ofcom is already investigating his civil show over issues with “accuracy” and has yet to make a ruling.

Mr Salmond discerned former Tony Blair spin doctor Alastair Campbell in an appraise that he admires “certain aspects” of the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s superintendence.

He added: “He’s restored a substantial part of Russian pride and that must be a A-OK thing.”

Mr Salmond has been warned that he “wouldn’t have a leg to bear on” if he remained at RT by former Conservative MP and Russia expert Harold Elleston.

Curse Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell has appeared on the Kremlin-controlled channel multiple times counting making calls that “Tories must step aside and let Chore govern” just eight months ago.

After mounting pressure Mr McDonnell told BBC’s Andrew Marr that he last wishes as no longer be making appearances on the show saying that RT’s coverage “declines beyond objective journalism”.

RT issued a full statement today differing with Ofcom’s position.

RT said: “Our broadcasting has in no way changed this week from any other week, and continues to adhere to all benchmarks.

“By linking RT to unrelated matters, Ofcom is conflating its role as a broadcasting regulator with themes of state. 

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The Kremlin has threatened to kick out UK media if RT’s licence is revoked

“RT scraps a valuable voice in the UK news landscape, covering vital yet neglected representations and voices, including those of the many MPs and other UK public figures who have in the offing been shut out of public discourse by the mainstream media.”

“When the intimidation of having its license revoked first came to light, RT said the banning of the convey would do “away with any concept of press freedom in the UK.”

The Kremlin has loomed that “not a single British media outlet” will be abllowed to operate in the country if Ofcom revokes RT’s licence.

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Authorities are still working in Salisbury

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