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Fox News broke the UK’s broadcast rules on impartiality



The United Kingdom’s (U.K.) Office of Communications (Ofcom) has found two Fox News broadcasts in violation of its impartiality rules, according to the BBC.

The BBC on Monday reported that a May episode of "Tucker Carlson Tonight" was found in breach of Ofcom’s rules for its coverage of the Manchester, England terrorist attack.

Ofcom also determined that a January episode of "Hannity" regarding President Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority nations was similarly non-compliant.

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The media regulator said it had taken into consideration “that Fox News is a US news channel, directed at US audiences, which is available in the UK” while discussing "Hannity."

“The people who watch it in the UK are aware that it is a US channel and their expectations are different,” Ofcom said. “It is not the main source of news in the UK.”

“However, we were also mindful that, in our view, this particular programme dealt with major matters relating to current public policy that, as well as being of international security, were of particular relevance and significance to UK viewers.”

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Ofcom noted the episode of "Carlson" criticized various public bodies and individuals in the U.K., including Prime Minister Theresa May, over their handling of the Manchester attack.

“[The episode said the were] doing nothing to counter terrorism; stop radicalization; protect citizens from terrorism; or protect ‘thousands of underage girls’ from rape and abuse,” it said.

“[It said] their inaction was motivated by political correctness; they valued how people saw them over the lives of their children; and they were forcing an ‘official lie’ on citizens, which was ‘totalitarian’ and ‘wicked,’” Ofcom added.

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Ofcom said that the "Carlson" episode had not reflected any views from the U.K. government or the authorities and people it directly criticized.

“Which we would have expected given the nature and amount of criticism of them in the programme,” it said.

“The presenter (Carlson) did not challenge the views of his contributors,” Ofcom added. “Instead, he reinforced their views.”

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The May 22 attack in Manchester resulted in the deaths of 22 people at a concert featuring singer Ariana Grande after Salman Abedi detonated a bomb there.

Fox originates from the U.S. and stopped broadcasting on the U.K.’s Sky network last August, surrendering its license to Ofcom last week.

Sky said the decision to scrap the channel’s presence in the U.K. was due to low audience figures.

Ofcom said it was “appropriate” to publish its findings about Fox despite the network no longer operating as a licensed television service falling under its jurisdiction.

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