Ofcom has imposed a £20,000 fine on Baltic Media Alliance Limited in relation to its service NTV Mir Baltic for failing to comply with our broadcasting rules. The broadcaster must also broadcast a summary of our findings on the channel.
On 2 April 2018, Baltic Media Alliance Limited broadcast a news programme, Today, which included a discussion about the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury on 4 March 2018.
In Ofcom’s Decision published on 11 February 2019 in issue 372 of the Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin (PDF, 1.8 MB), Ofcom found that the programme failed to maintain due impartiality and had breached Rules 5.1, 5.11 and 5.12 of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code.
Ofcom has imposed a sanction on the Licensee of a financial penalty of £20,000. Ofcom has also directed the Licensee to broadcast a statement of Ofcom’s findings on dates and in a form to be determined by Ofcom.