Media regulator Ofcom is investigating the ITV daytime broadcast as a priority after hundreds of complaints that Holmes seemed to suggest that people should not rush to dismiss a potential link between the pandemic and new technologies. NHS officials have repeatedly said that there is no connection, according to global scientific consensus.
Monday’s edition of This Morning featured a segment in which reporter Alice Beer rejected baseless claims that 5G is linked to the coronavirus, which has been linked to a large number of attacks on telephone masts, as being false and “incredibly stupid”.
In response, Holmes said to him, “I totally agree with everything you say, but what I don’t accept is the mainstream media who immediately regard it as false when they don’t know it is not true. No one should attack or damage or do anything like that, but it is very easy to say that this is not true as it fits the narrative of the state. That’s all I would say, as a person with a curious mind. “
After Ofcom said it was evaluating 419 complaints from viewers, Holmes took advantage of his appearance in the Tuesday morning edition of the program to claim that it had been “misinterpreted”.
Speaking directly to viewers, following a discussion on whether he was boring tea in a boring way, Holmes said: “Alice Beer and I agreed in a discussion on this very program of fake news that it is not true and that there is no link between the current national health emergency and 5G, and to suggest otherwise would be false and could even be dangerous.
“All theories relating to such a connection have proven to be false and we would like to point this out. However, many people are rightly concerned and looking for answers and that is just what I was trying to do, to convey yesterday.
“But to avoid any doubt, I want to make it clear that there is no scientific evidence to support any of these 5G theories. I hope that clarifies that. “
The speed at which false 5G theories have moved from the margins of the Internet to traditional rhetoric has shocked the mobile industry and government, while proving to be a challenge for the media reporting it. Fact-finding groups have long struggled to convince the public that there is no smoke without fire.
Ofcom, which regulates radio and television stations, has already warned a Sussex community radio station about 5G conspiracy theories and is also investigating local station London Live after airing an interview with the conspirator David Icke.
However, the audience for these shows has been overshadowed by the millions of people who watch unregulated shows on YouTube or who receive unverified claims on social media or messaging services such as WhatsApp.