Inside the battle between the BBC and China
Jamie Angus, director of the BBC World Service Group, said on Sunday, “China is taking its place on a very short list of countries that have blocked BBC news coverage vis-à-vis North Korea and Iran. . ”
China is not included in that list, Angus said, “The Chinese are looking very outward. They want to understand international news from around the world, but crucially, they want to see that by the BBC in their own country Is being reported to. “
Angus told CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter that it was “not acceptable for him to be completely blocked until the BBC news outlet.”
In a statement, China’s NRTA claimed that BBC World News aired reports on China that “violated the principles of truth and fairness in journalism.”
It is unclear how much impact BBC World News’s China ban would have in mainland China as the BBC has never been allowed to broadcast in mainland China or Chinese homes. BBC World News was only available in international hotels.
But some people in China are still trying to find ways around the ban. “Of course you can access BBC digital services with some kind of VPN setup,” Angus told Stelter Sunday. But China is doing so to make it harder for people to access English digital services in English and Mandarin and has been increasingly blocked in the last 18 months.
“When countries try to stop the actual news coverage, it is exposed, as has happened with the BBC in China,” Stelter said.
CNN’s Philip Wang and Johnny Hallam contributed to this report.