'The television watchdog should consider revoking the licence of the Kremlin-backed Russia Today over its coverage of the poisoning of the double-agent, senior MPs said yesterday.
MPs said there were question marks over whether RT, founded by Vladimir Putin in 2005, was a genuine news outlet or a ‘mouthpiece for an authoritarian state’.
Their calls for Ofcom to review whether the broadcaster had breached its licence conditions came as Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell told Labour MPs they should boycott the channel – just hours after his deputy appeared on it.
On Friday, RT accused the British Press of spreading ‘fanciful’ theories about the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, saying it actually made for a ‘pretty boring story’.
Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the foreign affairs select committee, said: ‘I think the time has come to crack down on RT.
Ofcom needs to look at whether it is a genuine news network when it is considering whether it should hold a licence or not.’
Last week he told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘I see no reason why we should allow information warfare to be carried out on UK soil by hostile agents.’'
Read more: MPs call for Russia Today to be taken off air over its coverage of the poisoned spy story (no dissenting voices allowed in Big Brother Britain)
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