The BBC has set up a Complaints page for those unhappy with wall to wall coverage around the Death of Prince Philip.
“We’re receiving complaints about too much TV coverage of the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” it declares.
According to Variety, a MasterChef final and cult favourite Gardeners’ World were pulled to make way for news specials and tribute programs. Programs on BBC Four were suspended, replaced with a statement, “Please switch to BBC One for a major news report.”
While Channel 4 copped some criticism for not shelving programming, a spokesperson said, “As an alternative public service broadcaster Channel 4 also has a duty to offer an alternative to others and, whilst we have marked this sad news appropriately in our schedules and on All 4, we will also continue to offer viewers the majority of our usual peak time schedule including Gogglebox and The Circle tonight.”
Maybe a case of damned if you / don’t….
Deadline also reports the BBC and ITV suffered audience declines between the hours of 7PM and 11PM, when the broadcasters lined up special coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh’s demise.
Here is how the news was first announced on BBC.
Meanwhile in Australia, Nine and ABC switched to rolling coverage along with SKY News on Friday night.