French media regulator CSA has given the green light to China’s CGTN.
Its been broadcast from satellites belonging to the French-based operator Eutelsat since 2016.
The channel lost its UK broadcast licence because of concerns by UK regulator Ofcom over links to the Chinese communist party.
In a statement confirming the move CSA cited both the licence revocation and Brexit as to why CGTN had approached them for a new licence.
However, while channels may be freely broadcast by satellite from the country, the CSA has reminded CGTN that it is still required to comply with French media law including a September 1986 act prohibiting incitement to hatred and violence and guarantees respect for human dignity as well as honesty, independence and pluralism of information.
“Serious breaches of some of these principles have already led the CSA to put Eutelsat on notice to stop the broadcasting of extra-European channels,” the regulator said in its statement.
The CSA said it would be “particularly attentive” to CGTN keeping to these principals.