British media regulator Ofcom has ruled that Fox News programs “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and “Hannity” violated the United Kingdom’s impartiality rules for British broadcasting in coverage of the Manchester bombing and President Trump’s travel ban executive order in January respectively, the Guardian reported.
“Ofcom considered that viewers were likely to have expected the programme to comment critically on various political targets, which in this case included the UK government and UK authorities more generally,” the company said.
“However, we considered that these contextual factors were not sufficient to remove the need for the programme to also reflect significant alternative viewpoints, and treat these with due weight.”
Ofcom said Hannity’s show had some clips of officials who were critical of Trump’s travel ban, but they were “repeatedly dismissed or ridiculed by the presenter without sufficient opportunity for the contributors to challenge or otherwise respond to the criticism directed at them.”
The Hill added:
The ruling comes after Fox pulled Fox News from its network in Britain due to a lack of audience.
Ofcom said it still made the ruling because it wanted “to ensure there is a complete compliance record and to facilitate public understanding of the code.”