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China bans BBC news broadcasts in apparent retaliation

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BEIJING – China has banned the BBC World News television channel from the few outlets where it could be seen in the country in possible retaliation after British regulators revoked the license of state-owned Chinese broadcaster CGTN.

The move Thursday was largely symbolic, because BBC World was shown only on cable TV systems in hotels and apartment compounds for foreigners and some other businesses.

But it draws foreign news outfits deeper into Beijing's growing conflict with Western governments following last year's expulsion of reporters for American newspapers.

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