The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, died on April 9th at age 99. Prince Phillip was the longest royal consort, as he had been married to Elizabeth for almost 7 decades.
However, Prince Phillip has recently been a part of another British record, as more than 100,000 people complained about the BBC coverage of his funeral.
You may be wondering what occurred to warrant such a number of complaints, so here is everything you need to know about the thousands of complaints received by the BBC.
What did the BBC do?
After the death of Prince Philip, BBC cleared their schedule so that they could air news about Prince Philip’s death, reflections of his life, and of course the funeral.
Prince Philip’s funeral was broadcasted from 1:15pm until 4:30pm on Saturday April 17th 2021.
Despite 13 million people across the UK tuning in to the BBC to watch their broadcast of the funeral, the BBC also received 109,741 complaints about the funeral coverage.
Why did so many people complain?
The primary reason that so many people complained about Prince Philip’s funeral was due to the level of coverage that the BBC had on Prince Philip since his death, as this coverage had a large impact on the pre-determined TV and radio schedule.
What was the previous complaint record?
Like other broadcasting companies, the BBC has received a lot of complaints in the past. Earlier this year it was ITV in hot water after they received almost 60,000 complaints about Piers Morgans comments about Meghan Markle.
Other highly complained about TV moments include when Jade Goody was evicted from Celebrity Big Brother in 2007, which had 44,500 complaints, and Jerry Springer: The Opera in 2005, which had 55,000 complaints.
What has the BBC said?
Since the record number of complaints, the BBC has since said that it was “a significant event which generated a lot of interest both nationally and internationally”.
It added: “We acknowledge some viewers were unhappy with the level of coverage given, and impact this had on the billed TV and Radio schedules.
“We do not make such changes without careful consideration and the decisions made reflect the role the BBC plays as the national broadcaster during moments of national significance.
Prince Philip was an important man for so many reasons and had accomplished so much throughout his life. If you want to know more about him, you can also read our article on the 99 things Prince Philip did that you probably didn’t know?