Iran’s state TV broadcaster was taken off air in the UK today after Britain’s media regulator revoked its licence in a move likely to fan diplomatic tensions with the Islamic Republic.
Ofcom ruled that Press TV, whose presenters include former MP George Galloway and Tony Blair’s sister-in-law Lauren Booth, failed to declare that Tehran rather than London was its editorial base when it was granted the licence.
The watchdog said it was apparent that ‘editorial control of the channel rested with Press TV International (based in Tehran)’.
Press TV was also fined £100,000 after broadcasting an interview with a journalist while they were being held in an Iranian prison, which Ofcom said was ‘obtained under duress’.
Ofcom said Press TV had ‘indicated it is unwilling and unable to pay’ the fine.