It follows British media regulator Ofcom revoking state broadcaster China Global Television Network's (CGTN) licence to broadcast in the UK. Ofcom's decision earlier this month came after it found that CGTN's licence was wrongfully held by Star China Media Ltd.
CGTN was also found in breach of British broadcasting regulations last year,for airing the allegedly forced confession of UK citizen Peter Humphrey. In its decision, China's State Film, TV and Radio Administration said BBC World News reports about China were found to "seriously violate" broadcast guidelines, including "the requirement that news should be truthful and fair" and not "harm China's national interests". It said that the BBC's application to air for another year would not be accepted.