BBC ‘receives more than 100,000 complaints about Prince Philip coverage’

Luke O'Reilly
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<p>The BBC set up a dedicated webpage for viewers to complain about its coverage of Philip’s death</p> (PA Archive)

The BBC set up a dedicated webpage for viewers to complain about its coverage of Philip’s death

(PA Archive)

The BBC’s coverage Prince Philip’s death has reportedly received more than 100,000 complaints - a record in British TV history.

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 on Friday.

It has now received more than 100,000 complaints, according to The Sun newspaper.

That would be a record for complaints in British television history, beating the previous high 0f 63,000 sparked by the BBC’s screening of Jerry Springer: The Musical in 2005.

The BBC will release its fortnightly complaints bulletin on ThursdayPA Wire
The BBC will release its fortnightly complaints bulletin on ThursdayPA Wire

The BBC declined to comment on the figures and said it would release its fortnightly complaints bulletin on Thursday as planned.

Following the duke’s death at Windsor Castle aged 99, the BBC wiped its schedules across both BBC One and BBC Two to run a series of mirrored special programmes about Philip

Viewers tuning into BBC Four were greeted with a message urging them to switch over for a “major news report”, while BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live also aired programmes about the duke.

The rolling news coverage meant the final of MasterChef, which was due to air at 8.30pm on BBC One, was not shown.

The rolling news coverage meant the final of MasterChef was not shownPA Archive
The rolling news coverage meant the final of MasterChef was not shownPA Archive

The BBC later established the dedicated form on its website after receiving complaints about its coverage.

Former BBC presenter Simon McCoy who recently left to join GB News, was among those criticising the corporation.

He wrote on Twitter: “BBC1 and BBC2 showing the same thing. And presumably the News Channel too. Why? I know this is a huge event. But surely the public deserve a choice of programming.”

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