CGTN to launch London news centre in September


China's state broadcaster CGTN is due to open its new London HQ in September, nearly a year late.

The move to Chiswick will means that the current CGTN news channel, already distributed on Sky and Freesat in the UK, will start to include at least one hour of content from London, broadcasting alongside other programmes produced in Nairobi and Washington. Unlike Russia's news channel RT, the channel is not expected to launch a separate UK schedule at this time.

According to the FT, the delay in getting the UK-based centre online has been caused by issues in "getting visas for top managers and setting up technology".

The channel is already under investigation by UK broadcast regulator Ofcom following a complaint about it broadcasting a confession made under duress. The outcome of the investigation could lead to a fine or removal of its UK broadcasting licence. The channel has already been involved in allegations that its reporters act as spies for the Chinese state.

CGTN was previously known as "CCTV News" until 31st December 2016. The channel launched in HD on satellite during February.