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Ofcom Declines to Act in Nightmare Neighbour Next Door Ham Radio Episode


UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has declined to act on formal complaints about an October 27 episode of the Channel 5 television program Nightmare Neighbour Next Door. That episode focused on 75-year-old Armando Martins, M0PAM, of Kent, whose neighbors had made unsubstantiated claims that RF radiating from his 30-foot vertical antenna was detrimental to their health.

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) weighed in following the airing of the show. Radio amateurs across the UK also complained that the program episode was replete with false claims and pointed out that Ofcom had never found any problems with Martins’ station. A radio amateur for more than 60 years, Martins was first licensed as CR6IL in Portuguese West Africa (Angola).

Complainants contended that the show was “materially misleading,” and thus a breach of the Ofcom Broadcast Code.



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