Ofcom have opened an investigation into London Live’s decision to broadcast a banned interview with David Icke.
David Icke, who is well known for conspiracy theories, took part in an interview for London Real which ended up banned as YouTube took action to remove videos which promote or spread misinformation relating to the coronavirus pandemic.
Local TV station London Live took the decision to air an edited version of the interview, conducted by Brian Rose, on Wednesday evening. The show began with a warning message which featured throughout the programme.
The one hour and 45 minute programme attracted a peak audience of 80,000 viewers. London Live, which is owned by newspaper proprietor Evgeny Lebedev, has been struggling to attract viewers to its channel ever since its launch in 2014.
Media regulator Ofcom said they are investigating the broadcast as a “matter of urgency” following complaints from viewers.
“We have assessed this programme, and we are concerned that it raises potential issues under our rules. We are now investigating it as a matter of urgency.” – Ofcom