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    British media regulator Ofcom will not come harsher against RT in Britain, according to Russian media tycoon and the owner of several UK newspapers and a TV channel Alexander Lebedev.

    MOSCOW, January 16 (Sputnik) — Russian media tycoon and the owner of several UK newspapers and a TV channel Alexander Lebedev told RT that British media regulator Ofcom is unlikely to make another move against the Russian broadcaster.

    In November 2014 Ofcom accused RT of biased coverage of the Ukrainian conflict and threatened it with sanctions. The move came right after RT launched its London-based TV channel on October 30.

    "I don't seriously think that, for example, they could come harsher against you. It would really portray the British system – 'the government against the media' – in a wrong way," said Lebedev, who is the owner of London Live, the London Evening Standard and The Independent.

    "The British system, which really looks like a cradle of free speech, could tolerate things like that (RT)," the businessman said, adding that he believes that a compromise would be found.

    Lebedev stressed that 100 percent journalistic impartiality is almost impossible to achieve. "If the journalist has a point of view it's always personalized. It's never 100 percent impartial in a sense," he said. However, the businessman referred to the RT channel as "high-quality and impartial enough."

    RT is an international news network which broadcasts 24/7 in English, Arabic and Spanish from its studios in Moscow and Washington, DC.


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