Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said he expects Ofcom to “take appropriate action” after London Live broadcast an interview with conspiracy theorist and former footballer David Icke.
Former footballer Icke has been outspoken about his theories on the coronavirus, recently saying that a vaccine could include "nanotechnology microchips" that would mean humans can be controlled.
The interview broadcast by the TV station on Wednesday saw him share views on the pandemic.
The programme screened a notice during ad breaks saying the views expressed were not necessarily those of the network.
As the world is facing an unprecedented crisis, David Icke talks about his theory behind the pandemic, the lockdown and the economic crash.— London Live (@LondonLive) April 8, 2020
London Real: Covid-19 Tonight at 10pm on #LondonLive @LondonrealTV@BrianBRose@DavidIcke pic.twitter.com/0WkGtdYl1X
During an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Thursday, Dowden was asked about Icke being given prominence on London Live.
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He responded: “You are absolutely right these are lunatic conspiracy theories and no sensible person would give them a moment's thought.
“Clearly that station is regulated by Ofcom and I would be expecting Ofcom to take appropriate action.”
He went on: “Clearly they're (Ofcom) independent, but I will be in touch with them to understand what action they are taking in respects of that.”
A spokesperson for London Live said: “We are aware of the Culture Secretary’s comments, and have proactively contacted Ofcom to offer our cooperation and support as part of their assessment.
“We will continue to work closely with Ofcom throughout this process.”
Yahoo has contacted broadcasting watchdog Ofcom for comment.