Ofcom has fined the news channel RT £200,000 for serious failures to comply with our broadcasting rules -- and required the channel to broadcast a summary of our findings to its viewers.
Ofcom has rules in place requiring broadcast news to be presented with due impartiality.
Our investigation found that RT failed to preserve due impartiality in seven news and current affairs programmes between 17 March and 26 April 2018.
Taken together, these breaches represented serious and repeated failures of compliance with our rules. We were particularly concerned by the frequency of RT's rule-breaking over a relatively short period of time.
The programmes were mostly in relation to major matters of political controversy and current public policy -- namely the UK Government's response to the events in Salisbury, and the Syrian conflict.
Ofcom decided to impose a financial penalty of £200,000; and direct RT to broadcast a summary of Ofcom's findings, in a form and on dates to be determined by Ofcom. We consider this sanction to be appropriate and proportionate. It takes into
account the additional steps that RT has taken to ensure its compliance since we launched our investigations; and that we have not recorded any further breaches of our due impartiality rules against RT to date.
Ofcom will await the conclusion of RT's application for judicial review of our breach decisions before enforcing the sanction.
A few people have complained about a segment on the BBC comedy show, Tonight with Vladimir Putin. The segment titled Meghan Markle's Royal Spark'l met with a few angry tweets that Meghan Markle was being portrayed as trailer
Complainers accused the BBC of racism after portraying Markle as a foul-mouthed and aggressive puppet living in a caravan who threatened to attack her sister-in-law Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.
The BBC responded to the criticism, saying:
Viewers will clearly recognise this performance as a spoof and highly satirical, within the context of a programme which lampoons a wide range of public figures and the public's perception of them.