More than 100,000 viewers complain about BBC’s wall-to-wall coverage of Prince Philip’s death

More than 100,000 people have complained about the BBC’s wall-to-wall coverage of Prince Philip’s death.

The broadcaster set up a webpage for people to air their views – prompting an avalanche of complaints – the largest ever received by the channel.

The previous record was 63,000 after the BBC screened in 2005 Jerry Springer: The Musical.

Following the Duke of Edinburgh’s death, the BBC cleared its schedules across BBC One and BBC Two to run programmes about his life.

BBC Four urged viewers to switch to other BBC channels for a “major news alert”.

The broadcaster’s radio stations were also filled with news of the Duke’s death at the age of 99.

The BBC will release its fortnightly complaints bulletin on Thursday.


About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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