Could it have been a little too much? That’s what critics can’t help but wonder as there’s a new report that says The BBC’s coverage of the death of Prince Philip has received a whopping 110,000 complaints, which is a record for any television program in the UK.
Queen Elizabeth’s husband of 73 tears died last week, prompting the corporation to clear its schedules across both BBC One and BBC Two to run a series of mirrored special programs. The coverage also took over the news channel and BBC radio stations. Here’s what you need to know.
BBC’s Coverage Of Prince Philip’s Death Has Gotten The Most Complaints In TV History
According to the BBC’s complaints bulletin, some 104,010 people complained about the coverage within the first three days. Clearly, there were a lot of people who thought that the coverage was just a tad too much. The rolling news coverage of the Duke’s death meant the final of MasterChef was postponed and EastEnders was also delayed.
The BBC said in a statement: “The passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was a significant event which generated a lot of interest both nationally and internationally. We acknowledge some viewers were unhappy with the level of coverage given and impact this had on the billed TV and radio schedules. We do not make such changes without careful consideration and the decisions made reflect the role the BBC plays as the national broadcaster during moments of national significance.”
The broadcaster set up a dedicated webpage for viewers to lodge their dissatisfaction at its coverage after it cleared its schedules to cover Philip’s death.
If that weren’t enough, the BBC also received complaints from viewers about the inclusion of the Duke of York in its coverage despite his association with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The BBC said: “All of Prince Philip’s children gave a tribute to their father following his passing, which we have covered in our news programming. We have fully reported on the allegations against Prince Andrew and we have also made it clear that he has not been charged with any crime. We consider we have appropriately covered his comments.”
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