Prince Philip: TV viewers switch off blanket coverage

by News Update

When the Duke of Edinburgh’s death was announced on Friday, the nation’s broadcasters, including Channel 4, rearranged their schedules to make way for extended programmes paying tribute to his life.

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But it seems that blanket coverage prompted viewers to reach for their remotes to switch off or switch over to alternative offerings.

The Sun newspaper has reported there were more than 100,000 complaints to the BBC criticising the hours given over to the death of the 99 year old royal consort.

This makes it the most complained about programme in BBC history.

So did broadcasters misjudge the public appetite for coverage of this particular royal event?

We talk to former BBC royal correspondent Michael Cole and the author and commentator, Nels Abbey.

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13 comments

DeathInTheSnow April 14, 2021 - 1:26 AM

Not only is there too much coverage, but there's too much coverage about there being too much coverage. If you're going to focus on the royals, just air their dirty laundry so that we can abolish them and move into a proper democracy.

timingmile April 14, 2021 - 1:29 AM

Abolish the monarchy, the biggest family on benefits, leeching off the tax payers

DC:90 April 14, 2021 - 1:29 AM

Well 99 years is alot to condense in 48 hours. God sake. RIP phil 🇬🇧

soviet9366 April 14, 2021 - 1:31 AM

I feel sympathy for the Queen who lost her husband, and the children and grandchildren, but I don't like the degree to which the UK media goes full 'North Korea' about anything to do with the royal family. When they get married I am expected to be 'joyous', when they pass away at 99 I am expected to be grief stricken. When the Queen passes away we will have a full month of BBC reporters pretending to wail tears of despair and hurling themselves into the Thames. Sombre, respectful – but with a bit of stiff upper lip please: British, not North Korean.

jzilla1234 April 14, 2021 - 1:31 AM

The broadcasters made a mistake thinking people care enough to watch all day

A C April 14, 2021 - 1:31 AM

Loss of life is tragic. RIP Philip but Imagine being so brainwashed into caring so much about the death of a 99 year old who would not have given two shits about you. Wake up idiots.

Aaron Pinkney April 14, 2021 - 1:31 AM

BBC appears to be a propaganda machine for the establishment.

Romu April 14, 2021 - 1:33 AM

A case of TMI then.

Zellies April 14, 2021 - 1:34 AM

People are struggling with covid and many other important things. Plus, we're sick of seeing the media praise this dead colonizer.

Alastair Munro April 14, 2021 - 1:35 AM

I turn off UK tv because they typically have 3 stories each day which they hammer to death. I mean there must be more than 3 stories happening in the world every day?

Lolly April 14, 2021 - 1:42 AM

The anti monarchists out in full force again. Yes I agree I am fed up with certain channels being pro left daily and hourly with biased news but unlike you lot I don’t complain

collieman April 14, 2021 - 1:43 AM

Next time the bbc should just not report it then just watch the complaints roll in.

KFE April 14, 2021 - 1:44 AM

The BBC still believes the Royal is on top of general public😒