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BBC hits back at critics of ‘excessive’ Prince Philip funeral coverage after complaints

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Following his death on April 9, the BBC and several other UK broadcasters revamped TV listings in order to pay tribute to Prince Philip. The overhaul of scheduling on the Friday of his death garnered quite the backlash, with irked viewers lodging over 110,000 complaints to Ofcom for the blanket coverage, resulting in the BBC even setting up its own complaints form for people to fill in. And after airing coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on Saturday, April 17, the broadcaster has faced even more complaints from disgruntled viewers.

The Saturday of Prince Philip’s funeral saw the BBC dedicate approximately four hours of coverage out of respect for the duke.

However, it still kept its schedule on BBC Two, will the sister channel airing the Snooker World Championships instead.

On BBC One and the BBC News Channel, however, Huw Edwards fronted the coverage of the ceremony, joined by famous friends of the duke and a number of royal experts.

But after more complaints poured in, the BBC has defended the amount of time dedicated to the ceremony, reiterating it was a “significant event”.

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The BBC said on its site [via The Sun]: “The funeral 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 BBC One schedule.

“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.

“We are grateful for all feedback, and we always listen to the response from our audiences.”



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