There have been an unprecedented number of complaints about the BBC’s coverage of the death of Philip Mountbatten Windsor.
I don’t have a tv, but I’ve heard that coverage was 24/7 on all tv stations except the special children’s channel.
Even the Gaelic language station BBC Alba covered his death, non-stop.
I occasionally listen (not often these days) to BBC radio, but because I was sick of the non-stop news about how wonderful Britain was and how horrible the SNP and Scotland were, I pretty much gave up on it, and listened instead, although rarely to Radio 4 Extra on which there was no news, just repeats of programmes from the recent and not so recent past.
I switched on the other day to find that Radio 4 Extra had joined with Radio 4 to commemorate the life of Prince Philip. I immediately switched it off.
According to the Guardian, complaints about this have broken all records.
I wonder if the BBC will learn anything from this…
Within not 10-15 years there will be other elderly royals who will almost certainly die. Alexandra (84) is elderly as is Michael (78) and the Dukes of Kent (85) and Gloucester (76). The queen herself turns 95 this month.
Will the BBC learn that while no one suggests that they should not note and report these deaths (the people are, after all, well known), the non-stop coverage for days on end on all channels of the state broadcaster is going WAY over the top.
If independent television wishes to do that sort of thing, then that is between them and their advertisers and if the BBC wishes to dedicate one channel (that most of the population pays for) to non stop coverage of royal death, then maybe that is OK.
But honestly, if I paid a licence fee, I would expect to have at least a few channels of the state broadcaster which didn’t fall off the perch just becasue a royal has.
National Rail showed its respect to Philip, by making their website unreadable.
I’d be interested to hear what people think about this…. BBC and Rail… and/or anything else that has been disrupted by the death of a very elderly man that very few of us ever met or even gave a second thought to (except maybe to “tut” when yet another rude and inappropriate comment, that only he could get away with becasue no one had the nerve to challenge him, came to light).
How can you even think of catching a train when a 99 year old man had died? For shame!