Satellite channel ordered to pay £125,000 for its role in screening conspiracy theories regarding the virus pandemic.
The fine follows a decision by Ofcom in January confirming Loveworld had broken broadcasting rules for the second time within a year.
Ofcom’s investigation found that the 29-hour programme, Global Day of Prayer, included statements claiming that the pandemic is a “planned” event created by the “deep state” for nefarious purposes. The programme also claimed that the vaccine is a “sinister” means of administering “nanochips” to control and harm people. Statements claimed that “fraudulent” testing was carried out to “deceive the public”. Other statements linked the cause of Covid-19 to the roll out of 5G technology.
Loveworld had previously given assurances when Ofcom originally found the channel guilty of breaching rules over Covid conspiracies. As a result, the regulator found a statutory sanction was unavoidable this time around.
In addition to the fine, Loveworld, which broadcasts on Sky, was order to broadcast a statement of Ofcom’s findings.
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