Second Vietnamese TV provider drops CNN and BBCMay 19, 2013 @ 2:38 am
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - A popular Vietnamese cable television provider has stopped providing CNN and BBC, saying the channels don't have the licenses needed under a law stipulating that much content on foreign channels must be translated into Vietnamese.
Foreign governments and a leading pay TV trade group have urged the Vietnamese government to modify the decree, saying it is tantamount to allowing it the right to censor.
Last week a small provider cut 21 foreign channels. On Sunday, one of the largest providers, VTV CAB, also cut CNN and BBC.
The BBC said last week it was trying to resolve the issue with the government.
Leading regional pay TV trade group CASBAA said the current situation was "unclear" although the government had told the body it didn't want to exclude foreign news.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Wake Up Call
Lawmakers say a train derailment in Seattle this morning underscores the need for new rules
Five position battles will likely be settled at Seahawks training camp
What airplane-building robots actually mean for Boeing Machinists
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.