BBC defends coverage of Prince Philip funeral after complaints – The Guardian

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BBCCorporation says editorial choices reflected nationwide broadcasters role at moment of national significanceThe BBC has reacted to complaints over its coverage of Prince Philips funeral service by insisting its editorial choices showed the function the BBC plays as the nationwide broadcaster in a moment of national significance.BBC One devoted nearly 4 hours of airtime to the event on 17 April. Reacting to problems about the protection, the BBC said on its site: “The funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was a substantial event which generated a lot of interest both nationally and worldwide.”The BBCs most current statement came after its wall-to-wall protection of the dukes death ended up being the most complained-about minute in British tv history.Nearly 111,000 individuals got in touch with the BBC in the list below days to grumble about its decision to turn many of its TELEVISION channels and radio stations over to rolling tributes.The unmatched number of grievances led the BBC to set up a devoted online form for upset viewers within hours of Philips death in an attempt to enhance the process.The corporation acknowledged the complaints, but in a declaration comparable to that flowed about the funeral protection, stated clearing the schedules showed its function as the countrys primary broadcaster.The BBC also transmitted scenes from the funeral service on its news channel, but BBC Two did not air coverage, rather revealing the World Snooker Championship.ITV gave the occasion 3 hours protection, anchored by Tom Bradby and Julie Etchingham and including visitors consisting of the dukes goddaughter, India Hicks.Channel 4 showed episodes of the truth program Four in a Bed, and Channel 5 aired the film A Knights Tale, starring Heath Ledger.

BBCCorporation says editorial options showed national broadcasters function at moment of nationwide significanceThe BBC has actually responded to complaints over its coverage of Prince Philips funeral by insisting its editorial options reflected the role the BBC plays as the nationwide broadcaster in a moment of nationwide significance.BBC One dedicated nearly four hours of airtime to the occasion on 17 April. Reacting to complaints about the coverage, the BBC stated on its website: “The funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was a considerable occasion which generated a lot of interest both nationally and globally.”We acknowledge some audiences were dissatisfied with the level of protection given, and impact this had actually on the billed BBC One schedule.”We do not make such modifications without careful factor to consider and the decisions made show the function the BBC plays as the nationwide broadcaster, throughout moments of nationwide significance.”The BBCs most current statement came after its wall-to-wall protection of the dukes death ended up being the most complained-about moment in British television history.Nearly 111,000 people got in touch with the BBC in the following days to complain about its decision to turn most of its TELEVISION channels and radio stations over to rolling tributes.The extraordinary number of problems led the BBC to set up a dedicated online kind for upset audiences within hours of Philips death in an attempt to streamline the process.The corporation acknowledged the grievances, but in a statement similar to that circulated about the funeral protection, said clearing the schedules showed its role as the countrys primary broadcaster.The BBC also transmitted scenes from the funeral service on its news channel, however BBC Two did not air protection, rather showing the World Snooker Championship.ITV offered the occasion three hours protection, anchored by Tom Bradby and Julie Etchingham and featuring guests including the dukes goddaughter, India Hicks.Channel 4 revealed episodes of the truth show Four in a Bed, and Channel 5 aired the film A Knights Tale, starring Heath Ledger.

 

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