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Managing Director Tim Davie admitted there were “lessons to be learned” from the broadcaster’s extensive coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death on April 9. Mr Davie made the comment during a BBC board meeting on April 22.

The remark suggests that society may give less time to royal deaths in the future.

The BBC’s coverage of Philip’s death has become the most criticized program in its history.

The schedules for BBC One and BBC Two were erased on the day of the Duke’s death to cover his death.

But the broadcaster received a record 109,741 complaints from viewers furious about missing shows, including the final of MasterChef and EastEnders.

In a statement at the time, the BBC said: “The death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was an important event which generated a great deal of interest both nationally and internationally.

“We recognize that some viewers were not happy with the level of coverage offered and the impact it had on billed TV and radio schedules.

“We do not make such changes without careful consideration and the decisions taken reflect the role the BBC plays as a national broadcaster, during times of national significance.

“We are grateful for all comments, and we are always listening to the response from our audience.”

The broadcaster received further complaints for its coverage of the Duke’s funeral on April 17.

The BBC declined to comment further.

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