An Ofcom report published last week found Believe TV was in breach of the broadcasting code. It cited the example of two programmes featuring televangelist Paul Lewis, which were shown in December 2010. In one exchange with a woman, Mr Lewis said: “I told you to take a bath with one of my olive oil soaps and what happened?” and she replied: “I have cancer no more.”

Another example, from a broadcast by Pastor Alex Omokudu’s healing ministry testimonies in 2010 included a testimony by a woman who said she had suffered from "a tumour in her head". One of her relatives said she had bought oil and Ribena to treat the tumour and later went to hospital where she was told "there wasn't a problem".

The report also revealed Ofcom had "uncovered potential further concerns" about the channel which are still being investigated. The channel faces "statutory sanction" with potential punishments including a fine or a loss of its licence.

Believe TV was launched in January last year and is based in Barking, London.


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