GOOGLE cowered in the face of the mighty NewsCorp media mafia after YouTube banned Murdoch-owned talkRADIO from its streaming platform, citing breaches in Coronavirus guidelines, the shock ban left some of the stations stars “devastated”, Politicalite can reveal.
talkRADIO was launched in March 2016 as a sister station to talkSPORT, the outlet has grown its weekly audience to more than 400,000 listeners and viewers.
The self-described “home of free speech” radio station that is licensed by UK media watchdog Ofcom gained a massive following of right-wingers and Brexiteers fed up with the left-wing mainstream media and is said to have ‘doubled’ it’s audience share since the Coronavirus pandemic by taking on an slight anti-Government stance.
Woke censors at YouTube banned the channel in the early hours of Tuesday morning, but YouTube was forced to reverse the ban after pressure from ministers including the former journalist Michael Gove who stressed that it was “important” voices who question the Governments handling of Coronavirus were heard.
Dan Wootton , TalkRADIO DriveTime host told Politicalite yesterday that he “could not believe it” and revealed he was “devastated” at the ban.
He, along with Politicalite “hoped” Murdoch would fight back, and it seems NewsCorp did, now fans of the free-speech station are urged to download the talkRADIO app following the temporary ban.
Former-Sun Editor and close NewsCorp associate Kelvin Mackenzie branded the ban like something out of communist China.
“Disgraceful that Google should force Talk Radio off YouTube for criticising the Covid clampdowns.”
Disgraceful that Google should force Talk Radio off YouTube for criticising the Covid clampdowns. The station is alleged to have violated "community guidelines." So its ok to back the curbs but a word against and you're off. Google should move to China. They'd feel at home.
— Kelvin MacKenzie (@kelvmackenzie) January 5, 2021
“The station is alleged to have violated “community guidelines.” So its ok to back the curbs but a word against and you’re off. Google should move to China. They’d feel at home.” Makenzie told his Twitter followers.
Tory MP Micheal Gove also blasted the censorship telling talkRADIO that he “doesn’t believe in Censorship,” and said that it is important that voices who question the Governments handling of Coronavirus are heard after Google-owned YouTube censored and banned talkRADIO’s channel.
The MP for Surrey Heath and Minister for the Cabinet Office said despite critics not agreeing with lockdown and Government policy, they should still be heard.
The former journalist told talkRADIO breakfast host Julia Hartley Brewer: “I don’t believe in censorship, we have a free and fair press.”
He cited commentators of distinction who criticise the Governments position such as Lord Sumption, Peter Hitchens who he said he “respectfully disagrees with”
The comments came after Google banned the Murdoch-owned statement from YouTube allegedly due to anti-Lockdown commentary.
A spokesperson for talkRADIO told Politicalite on Tuesday: “We urgently await a detailed response from Google/YouTube about the nature of the breach that has led to our channel being removed from its platform.”
“talkRADIO is an Ofcom licensed and regulated broadcaster and has robust editorial controls in place, taking care to balance debate.”
“We regularly interrogate Government data and we have controls in place, use verifiable sources and give space to a careful selection of voices and opinions.”
Google later reversed the decision to ban the station and said: “talkRADIO’s YouTube channel was briefly suspended, but upon further review, has now been reinstated.”
— talkRADIO (@talkRADIO) January 5, 2021
“We quickly remove flagged content that violates our Community Guidelines, including COVID-19 content that explicitly contradicts local health authorities or the World Health Organisation.”
“We make exceptions for material posted with an educational, documentary scientific or artistic purposes, as was deemed in this case.”
AFTER the temporary banning of talkRADIO on YouTube, the self-described “home of free speech” radio station that is licensed by UK media watchdog Ofcom that has gained a massive following of right-wingers and Brexiteers fed up with the left-wing mainstream media it is time free speech was upheld in British law.
Politicalite has faced censorship multiple times over the past four years simply for politics and views that are discussed around working-class tables since launching in 2017.
During that time we decided to give a voice to those denied a voice by big tech – the most notable person we gave a voice to the controversial activist Tommy Robinson – despite us not agreeing with what he had to say.