The UK government fined Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s Loveworld Channel £125,000 for circulating baseless conspiracy theories about COVID-19.
Believers’ Loveworld Incorporated, also known as Christ Embassy, is owned by Chris Oyakhilome who also doubles as the president of the BLW.
The sanction was confirmed on Wednesday by the Office of Communications (Ofcom), the UK’s broadcasting regulator.
The Global Day of Prayer, a 29-hour initiative, was found to have violated the laws by making “potentially harmful” statements concerning coronavirus.
The pandemic was a “anticipated” phenomenon created by the “deep state” for sinister reasons, according to the show, which aired on December 1, 2020.
The COVID-19 vaccine, according to the broadcast, is a plot to implant nanochips into people to monitor them.
The Loveworld telecast also tied coronavirus to the deployment of 5G technologies, a long-debunked theory.
During the inquiry, Ofcom noted that the violation mirrored prior, related violations in 2020.
The regulator recalled how the channel promised to strengthen its regulatory procedures.
“The inaccurate and potentially harmful claims made during this programme were unsupported by any factual evidence and went entirely without challenge.”
“Loveworld’s failure to put these unsubstantiated statements into context risked serious harm to its audience”, the decision read.
It went on to say that the claims cast doubt on public health policies aimed at combating COVID-19 at a time when hospital visits and deaths were on the rise.
This is the second time in a year that Ofcom has taken action against the station. The first took place in the year 2020.