British national radio station talkRADIO on Tuesday has informed that YouTube had removed its channel from the video-sharing platform and had given no detailed reason for doing so. TalkRADIO which has more than 400,000 listeners and is regulated by Britain’s main broadcast watchdog, Ofcom. A statement from talkRADIO said, “We urgently await a detailed response from Google/YouTube about the nature of the breach that has led to our channel being removed from its platform".
But, YouTube did not immediately respond to a request for comment. TalkRADIO is one of Britain’s main news and speech radio stations and regularly hosts various government ministers. The station broadcasts via digital radio as well as online and used YouTube to host a video feed of live broadcasts and an archive of past shows. “I don’t believe in censorship,” Senior minister Michael Gove said. “I think it’s absolutely right that people should ask questions.”
Ofcom rule mandates all British broadcasters to ensure that news is reported accurately and impartially. In February Ofcom fined talkRADIO 75,000 pounds ($101,737), relating to broadcasts in 2018 by former lawmaker George Galloway, which it ruled lacked impartiality. TalkRADIO sacked Galloway in 2019 over a separate incident. TalkRADIO statement on Tuesday said that it had robust editorial controls and took care to balance debate. “We regularly interrogate government data and we have controls in place, use verifiable sources and give space to a careful selection of voices and opinions,” it said.