China's state propaganda channel CGTN could soon be back on British TV screens, as French authorities have agreed to regulate, so overriding a decision by the UK TV censor Ofcom to ban the channel.
Ofcom decided to pull CGTN off air in February after
finding it unacceptable that the channel is editorially controlled by the Chinese Communist party.
France does not have rules that prohibit state-controlled broadcasters from airing in the country.
But now that the channel is officially
regulated by another Council of Europe country, then Ofcom is bound by treaty to accept that CGTN can now broadcast to Britain. The treaty between members of the Council of Europe, a 47-member organisation that is separate from the EU and therefore
not affected by Brexit, mandates that an international broadcaster can beam into the territories of signatories as long as it falls under the jurisdiction of one member.
Saying that, it is not yet clear whether Sky will be including the channel in its
package. However Sky currently carries the channel on its networks in Italy and Germany.