10:08 pm PDT 12/4/2021
The UK public broadcaster’s decision to cut back on scheduled programming in favor of wall-to-wall coverage after the Duke of Edinburgh passed away generated a record number of complaints.
The BBC’s decision to cut its television and radio programming and dedicate wall-to-wall coverage of the death of Prince Philip last Friday generated more than 110,000 complaints from the public.
The Guardian The newspaper reports that a record number of people in the UK complained directly to the BBC about the public broadcaster’s coverage within 24 hours of the announcement of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death at the age of 99.
Buckingham Palace released the official news of the prince’s death on Friday at noon local time, at which point the BBC clarified its schedules to cover the news with BBC One, BBC Two and BBC News, all with the same broadcast and BBC Four completely off the scene. -air. Popular shows, such as the long-running soap opera. Eastenders and the season finale of Kitchen master they were rejected in favor of news shows, as well as documentaries and tribute shows celebrating the life of the prince.
The vast majority of complaints suggested that the BBC’s coverage was excessive and drowned out other news topics such as the pandemic, in addition to complaints about canceled programming, The Guardian reports.
The number of complaints dwarfed the previous record holder, the BBC’s screening of Jerry Springer: The Musical which resulted in 63,000 complaints in 2005.