The BBC was accused of broadcasting too much TV coverage of Prince Philip’s death so it set up a complaints page for annoyed viewers

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HRH Prince Philip.

  • BBC launched a complaints page after broadcasting wall-to-wall coverage of Prince Philip’s death.
  • BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Scotland, BBC News, and BBC Alba were all streaming identical coverage.
  • Viewers that were unhappy with the approach were given the chance to make their voice heard.
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The BBC has organized a dedicated complaints page for irritated viewers, following accusations that it flooded TV channels with too much coverage of Prince Philip’s death.

A statement on the page, which allowed viewers to file their objections via email, read: “We’re receiving complaints about too much TV coverage of the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”

The BBC did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The broadcaster’s response to the news of the prince’s death, which broke around noon local time on Friday, involved it clearing its entire program schedule up to 6 p.m.

Primetime shows including, the “MasterChef” final and “Gardener’s World” on BBC Two were withdrawn to allow for special coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh’s passing, NBC News reported.

BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Scotland, BBC News, and BBC Alba were all streaming identical coverage throughout the afternoon. This played into the night across the five channels.

The broadcaster’s radio stations took a similar approach, with frequent tributes and melancholy music played throughout the day and into the evening.

The blanket coverage prompted some social media users to express their dissatisfaction and annoyance with the BBC.

One Twitter user wrote: “Am i the only one who thinks its ridiculous that every BBC radio channel is playing the same broadcast (about prince philip). Feels like eastern europe 40 years ago.”

Others felt the BBC had taken the right approach, with one writing: “@BBCBreaking has done a fab job so far on the passing of #PrincePhilip keep up the good work.”

Former BBC News presenter, Simon McCoy, was among those questioning the broadcaster’s decisions.

He initially tweeted: “BBC1 and BBC2 showing the same thing. And presumably the News Channel too. Why? I know this is a huge event. But surely the public deserve a choice of programming?” However, in a later tweet, he wrote: “The BBC’s coverage was exemplary. Don’t misquote me.”

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Biden praises Prince Philip’s ‘decades of devoted public service’ and extends condolences to the British royal family

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Prince Philip in 2017.

  • Biden extended his condolences to the British royal family over Prince Philip’s death.
  • The president praised Prince Philip’s “decades of devoted public service.”
  • Biden said Prince Philip’s legacy will live on through his family and charitable endeavors.
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President Joe Biden on Friday extended his condolences to the British royal family and the people of the United Kingdom over the death of Prince Philip.

“On behalf of all the people of the United States, we send our deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the entire Royal Family, and all the people of the United Kingdom on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh,” a statement from the president said.

“Over the course of his 99-year life, he saw our world change dramatically and repeatedly,” the statement went on to say. “From his service during World War II, to his 73 years alongside the Queen, and his entire life in the public eye – Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK, the Commonwealth, and to his family.”

Biden praised Prince Philip over his “decades of devoted public service,” the impact of which is “evident in the worthy causes he lifted up as patron, in the environmental efforts he championed, in the members of the Armed Forces that he supported, in the young people he inspired, and so much more.”

“His legacy will live on not only trough his family, but in all the charitable endeavors he shaped,” he added.

Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama also issued a statement offering their condolences on the death of Prince Philip, who they described as “kind and warm, with a sharp wit and unfailing good humor.”

The Obamas recalled meeting the British royal family for the first time, saying: “As two Americans unaccustomed to palaces and pomp, we didn’t know what to expect.We shouldn’t have worried. The Queen and Prince Philip immediately put us at ease with their grace and generosity, turning a ceremonial occasion into something far more natural, even comfortable.”

Their statement also highlighted how “Prince Philip showed the world what it meant to be a supportive husband to a powerful woman.”

“Through his extraordinary example, he proved that true partnership has room for both ambition and selflessness – all in service of something greater,” it went on to say.

Other world leaders also extended condolences to the royal family.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson referred to Prince Philip as a “much-loved and highly respected figure,” as well as a “devoted husband and a proud and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.”

“I wish to express my sincere condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Royal Family and the British people upon the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip who lived an exemplary life defined by bravery, a sense of duty and commitment to the youth and the environment,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in a tweet.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a statement said Prince Philip’s death filled her with “great sadness.”

“His friendship towards Germany, his straightforwardness and his sense of duty will not be forgotten. All our thoughts are with Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family,” Merkel added.

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