Ofcom, the regulatory body for the broadcast media in the United Kingdom, has today imposed a sanction on Loveworld Limited, the owners of the religious television channel Loveworld, after a news programme broadcasting misinformation, and a live sermon containing potentially harmful claims about Covid-19.
Oncom stated: “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.”
Ofcom said, “A sermon broadcast on Your Loveworld also included unsubstantiated claims linking the pandemic to 5G technology, as well as claims which cast serious doubt on the necessity for lockdown measures and the motives behind official health advice on Covid-19, including in relation to vaccination. 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.” Oncom declared.
The specific sanctions are yet not clear, aside from the declaration that the channel must broadcast their (Ofcom’s) findings about their misleading and false broadcasts. But as stated, they have indicated that there could be more sanctions on the way.
Loveworld is the third entity to be sanctioned by the authorities for misleading items in their broadcast in the recent days in the UK.
Claims by the popular pastor has been viral on the social media and the internet the past few weeks. The pastor has claimed that the 5G network emissions are the cause of the COVID-19, and alleged a global cover-up.