The Office of Communications (Ofcom), the government approved regulatory authority for the broadcasting, telecommunications and postal industries of the United Kingdom, has placed a sanction on Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s Loveworld Limited, the operators of LoveWorld, a religious cable TV channel, for broadcasting “unsubstantiated claims linking the pandemic to 5G technology”.
Also, the TV network owned by the Founder of Christ Embassy was penalised for telling viewers that coronavirus is a ‘global cover-up’.
Ofcom announced the sanction in a statement published on its website yesterday and according to the statement, the caution followed a thorough investigation.
Part of the statement reads: “Our investigation found that a report on Loveworld News included unsubstantiated claims that 5G was the cause of the pandemic, and that this was the subject of a ‘global cover-up’.
“Another report during the programme suggested hydroxychloroquine as a ‘cure’ for Covid-19, without acknowledging that its effectiveness and safety as a treatment was clinically unproven, or making clear that it has potentially serious side effects.
“There is no ban on broadcasting controversial views which are different from, or which challenge, official authorities on public health information. However, given the unsubstantiated claims in both these programmes were not sufficiently put into context, they risked undermining viewers’ trust in official health advice, with potentially serious consequences for public health.
“Given these serious failings, we concluded that Loveworld Limited did not adequately protect viewers from the potentially harmful content in the news programme and the sermon, and the news reports were not duly accurate. Loveworld Limited must broadcast our findings and we are considering whether to impose any further sanction.”