BBC ‘receives 100,000 complaints’ for protection of Prince Philip
The BBC has obtained 100,000 complaints from members of the general public for its protection of the Duke of Edinburgh’s demise, in response to the Solar newspaper.
The corporate cleared its schedules to cowl the information when Prince Philip died on Friday, aged 99.
EastEnders and the MasterChef Finals have been changed with information applications, whereas BBC 4 has been scrapped altogether.
The BBC mentioned: “We’re pleased with our protection and the position we play throughout occasions of nationwide significance.”
Nevertheless, he declined to substantiate the variety of complaints obtained.
The figures are anticipated to be included within the broadcaster’s bi-monthly criticism bulletin on Thursday.
A determine of 100,000 would make protection of Prince Philip’s demise essentially the most criticized programming merchandise in BBC historical past.
Different applications that attracted a excessive quantity of correspondence included the printed of Jerry Springer: The Opera, which obtained 63,000 complaints in 2005; and Russell Model’s joke name to actor Andrew Sachs, which drew 42,000 complaints in 2008.
The BBC was not alone in adjusting its programming to replicate the demise of Prince Philip, with ITV and Channel 4 each offering in depth media protection.
Nevertheless, many viewers turned away because the day wore on, with ITV’s Friday night time viewership dropping 60% from the earlier week, in response to in a single day numbers.
BBC One’s viewers additionally fell six p.c week-on-week, whereas BBC Two misplaced two-thirds of its viewers, with simply 340,000 individuals tuning in anytime between 7 p.m. and 23 hours.
Essentially the most-watched single-channel present Friday night time was Channel 4’s Gogglebox, with 4.2 million viewers.
On Saturday, the BBC put a devoted kind on its web site to permit viewers to complain about TV protection, in recognition of the amount of complaints.
The shape was eliminated on Sunday after the variety of complaints started to drop, the corporate mentioned.