Ofcom, the UK regulatory authority for broadcasting, has fined Loveworld Limited for airing potentially harmful claims about the coronavirus disease. The TV channel owned by Nigerian pastor, Chris Oyakhilome, who has on numerous occasions put out outrageously false and harmful claims about COVID-19, Ofcom said.
The Loveworld TV network was previously sanctioned by the regulatory body for similar issues in May 2020 and January 2021 however this is the first time a financial penalty has been imposed on it.
The regulator said the 29-hour programme, Global Day of Prayer, included statements claiming that the pandemic was planned for sinister purposes.
The programme also aired claims that the COVID-19 vaccine is a means of administering nanochips to control and harm people.
Previous disproven claims about the link between 5G technology and COVID-19 were also repeated during the programme which was broadcast via a direct feed from Lagos.
Ofcom ruled that the programme had the potential to undermine confidence in public health advice about the disease which has infected nearly 130 million people across the world.