Apr 20, 2020

Coronavirus: Ofcom rules on Eamonn Holmes and David Icke comments

LONDONLIVE/ITV Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has "Issued guidance" to ITV following Eamonn Holmes' comments about 5G technology and coronavirus on This Morning. The regulator also found local TV channel London Live in breach of standards for an interview it aired with David Icke about coronavirus. On 13 April, in a segment with This Morning's consumer editor Alice Beer, Holmes cast doubt on media outlets that had debunked the myth that 5G causes coronavirus. "In our view, Eamonn Holmes' ambiguous comments were ill-judged and risked undermining viewers' trust in advice from public authorities and scientific evidence," it said. In a separate ruling, Ofcom said ESTV, owner of London-based TV channel London Live, had broken broadcasting rules by airing an interview with former footballer and TV presenter Icke.

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