British National Radio TalkRadio said on Tuesday that after review, YouTube has restored its channel from its video-sharing platform.

TalkRadio has more than 4,00,000 listeners and is regulated by Ofcom, the UK’s main broadcast regulator.

The radio station said in a statement: “TalkRadio’s YouTube channel has been temporarily suspended, but after further review, it has been restored.” “We quickly removed content flagged as violating our community guidelines, including obvious contact with local authorities or the World Health Organization. COVID-19 content conflicts with the consensus of experts.”

YouTube did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

TalkRadio is one of the major news and voice radio stations in the UK and often hosts government ministers.

The station uses digital broadcasting and online broadcasting, and uses YouTube to host live broadcast video feeds and archives of past performances.

Some of its moderators criticized the government’s measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus as excessive or poorly targeted.

Senior Minister Michael Gove said in an interview with TalkRadio on Tuesday that broadcasters should be free to question COVID policies without interference from large technology companies.

Gove said: “I don’t believe in censorship.” “I think it is absolutely correct that people should ask questions.”

According to Ofcom’s regulations, all BBCs must ensure accurate and fair reporting of news.

In February, Ofcom imposed a fine of £75,000 (approximately 7.4 million rupees) on TalkRadio. The fine was related to the broadcast by former MP George Galloway in 2018. It ruled that it lacked impartiality. TalkRadio fired Galloway in 2019 in another incident.

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TalkRadio said on Tuesday that it has strong editorial control and pays attention to balanced debate.

It said: “We regularly interrogate government data, take appropriate control measures, use verifiable sources, and leave room for careful selection of voices and opinions.”

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