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Prince Philip: BBC “receives record 100,000 complaints” for Duke of Edinburgh’s coverage | UK News

The BBC has reportedly received more than 100,000 complaints about its coverage of Prince Philip’s death, a record in British television history.

It cleared its programming to cover the Duke’s death on Friday and received a slew of complaints as the broadcaster set up a dedicated webpage for viewers to express their displeasure.

He has now received more than 100,000 complaints, according to The Sun newspaper.

The previous record for complaints was 63,000 for the BBC screening of Jerry Springer: The Musical in 2005.

A BBC spokesperson said: “We are proud of our coverage and the role we play during times of national significance.”

The company previously said it would release its bi-monthly complaints bulletin on Thursday as scheduled.

Following the Duke of EdinburghFriday’s death at Windsor Castle, the broadcaster deleted its programs on BBC One and BBC Two, broadcasting a series of specials about the 99-year-old royal.

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Viewers tuned in to BBC Four were greeted with a message urging them to switch to “major reporting”, while BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live also broadcast programs on The Duke.

The continued coverage meant that the MasterChef finale, which was scheduled to air at 8:30 p.m. on BBC One, was not broadcast and postponed.

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Former BBC presenter Simon McCoy, who recently left to join GB News, was among those criticizing the company.

He wrote on Twitter: “BBC1 and BBC2 show the same thing. And probably the news channel too. Why? I know this is a huge event. But the audience surely deserves a choice of programming.”

Mr McCoy then tweeted that the BBC’s coverage “was exemplary”.

Along with the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 have adjusted their programming to reflect Prince Philipdeath, with other broadcasters spreading their news …

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