Ofcom has suspended the licence of Khlasa Television Limited (KTV) after an investigation found the KTV channel in breach of broadcasting rules.
The channel broadcasts to the Sikh community in the UK. According to Ofcom, its investigation found that Prime Time, a 95-minute live discussion programme, included material likely to incite violence.
The presenter of the programme made a number of statements throughout the programme which, taken together, promoted violent action, including murder, as an acceptable and necessary form of action to further the Khalistani cause, said Ofcom, describing it as “a serious breach of our rules on incitement of crime and disorder”.
The regulator added that given the serious nature of the breach, it has suspended Khalsa Television Limited’s licence to broadcast in the UK with immediate effect.
The broadcaster now has 21 days in which to make representations to Ofcom, which then decide whether to revoke Khalsa Television Limited’s licence.