Russian RT banned from Canadian airwaves by CRTC

OTTAWA — Canadian broadcaster is no longer allowed to distribute Russia’s state-owned broadcaster, RT, after federal regulators found that the program targeted Ukrainian citizens during the ongoing Russian invasion.

The Canadian Radio-Television Commission removed RT, formerly known as Russia Today, and RT France from the official list of non-Canadian programming services and stations.

The Commission may deauthorize a service if it believes the content would violate regulations applicable to licensed Canadian broadcasters.

The CRTC analysis said the commission was concerned that the program at RT could make Ukrainians hated or despised based on their national origin.

The federal government formally asked the CRTC to review the presence of Kremlin-backed broadcasters on Canadian airwaves on March 2.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 16, 2022.

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