The Russian propaganda TV channel Russia Today (RT) has been excluded from the two broadcast networks in the USA - Spectrum and Comcast Chicago.
These two networks cover such major cities of the country as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego and the state of New Jersey.
Comcast Chicago has announced its intention not to renew the RT broadcasting agreement on October 1, citing the National Defense Law Act, namely, Sen. John McCain Amendment. It allows distributors to unilaterally, without giving reasons, refuse to broadcast content that is controlled or funded by the Russian government.
And Spectrum justified its decision not to renew the contract with RT by the inexpediency of the distribution of the television signal in the Internet era.
RT called the decision of the American broadcasting networks a "discriminatory measure."
Previously, in November 2017, Russia Today TV channel was registered as a foreign agent in the United States. However, the registration of the channel as a foreign agent did not mean the cessation of its broadcasting, the changes concerned the submission of financial reports and the fact that programs should be labeled as propaganda of a foreign government.
Soon, RT accreditation was withdrawn in a number of US senior departments.
In August, the authorities of Kazakhstan threatened to ban the retransmission of Russia Today, in case of refusal to open its representative office in the country.