BBC ‘receives 100,000 complaints’ over non-stop coverage of Prince Philip’s tragic death

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The BBC has reportedly received 100,000 complaints about its coverage of Prince Philip's death.

The network altered its usual schedule on Friday 9 April to show tributes and special documentaries about the Duke of Edinburgh when the news of his death broke. The move meant programmes, including the MasterChef final, were pushed back, leaving many viewers disappointed.

According to The Sun Online, the BBC's coverage on both television and their radio channels has become the most complained about event in British TV history.

The publication claimed that the last time the broadcaster received a record-high of complaints was back in 2005, when 63,000 annoyed viewers moaned about a screening of Jerry Springer: The Musical.

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An insider said: “I feel sorry for the Beeb. They would be criticised and accused of not being respectful enough if they didn’t lay the programmes on.

“But they seem to have left many people very cross.”

While it appears the Beeb left viewers displeased with their wall-to-wall coverage, Channel 4 faced a backlash from Royal fans after failing to alter their schedule for the day in light of Prince Philip's death at the age of 99.

Contrary to the BBC, Channel 4 continued airing regular content such as Come Dine With Me.

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Clearly upset by the decision, fierce fans flocked to social media platform Twitter to blast the network, calling it "insensitive".

One person wrote: "Channel 4 is disgusting and insensitive, they have carried on with their usual programming ‘Find It, Fix It, Flog It’ instead of running segments on the death of Prince Philip like the other major broadcasters. It’s unbecoming of Channel 4 and a national broadcaster."

Another shocked viewer said: "BBC and ITV both interrupt the current programme to announce the news of Prince Philip’s passing. Meanwhile on Channel 4 Couples Come Dine with Me is on like nothing’s happened."

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A third chimed: "Saddened by the lack of coverage so far on Channel 4 and that you’ve pretty much ignored it. Hope that when the Queen dies, you won’t just continue to play Come Dine with Me repeats like you have today.”

While a fourth added: "I notice channel 4 have decided to ignore the death of Prince Philip…"

However, not everyone was critical about the network's decision to go ahead with their normal schedule.

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Defending Channel 4, one person said: "Thank you for not having wall to wall coverage about Prince Philip. As sad as it is, we don’t need to watch hours and hours about it. Sticking with Channel 4 tonight!"

A second agreed: "So let me get this straight… People who are not watching Channel 4 are annoyed that they aren't showing rolling news about #PrincePhilip like the other 4 channels they are already watching… How many channels can you watch at once…?" [sic]

As a third said: "Does it really matter if Channel 4 aren't doing wall-to-wall coverage of Prince Philip? It's not like you're short of options if that's what you're looking for".

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