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BBC gets complaints over too much Prince Philip coverage

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For the record, my first post was pure sarcasm. There should have been zero coverage of the death of a 99 year old.

He was a true gentleman and a service to my country. 

In 1986, while on a visit to China, Philip described Beijing as "ghastly." He also told British students: "If you stay here much longer you'll all be slitty-eyed."

. . .

"If it has four legs and is not a chair, has wings and is not an airplane, or swims and is not a submarine, the Cantonese will eat it," he said.

. . .

In 1988, he told a student who was trekking through Papua New Guinea: "You managed not to get eaten then?"

. . .

in 2002 he asked an aboriginal leader in Queensland: "Do you still throw spears at each other?"

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.insider.com/prince-philip-long-history-racist-problematic-language-2021-4%3famp

What an absolute gentleman!

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The coverage was appropriate. You can’t please everyone, and changing the channel is an option if you don’t like it.

No, it was too much. On Friday nine channels were showing the same programming. Other channels had regular tribute programmes and some channels, like BBC4 and CBBC didn’t broadcast at all. We are still in lockdown, most are stuck at home for the majority of the day and it was intolerable for many. Radio stations also changed their content, either switching to rolling coverage or playing sombre/downbeat music.

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Farmboy

The coverage was appropriate. You can’t please everyone, and changing the channel is an option if you don’t like it.

Actually its not. All channels on the death of the Duke. Outside of the UK we only have BBC World News. iPlayer no longer available outside of the country even with a VPN.. must register with a UK address. Still there's alway Japanese TV to try and understand but I've seen all the samurai movies at least twice. Sumo use to be a thing but I gave that up too.

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The coverage was appropriate. You can’t please everyone, and changing the channel is an option if you don’t like it.

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He was a true gentleman and a service to my country. Loyal and modest. The coverage seemed appropriate.

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Turn off the tv. Simple.

Fair point.

Then again, the BBC is paid for by the public. It is a public service. What amounts to a cancellation of its usual service was over the top.

I think there was a balance that could have been struck here. I don’t think fair-minded people would have objected to reasonable, rather than wall-to-wall coverage.

The death of an elderly royal doesn’t require wall-to-wall coverage. It’s not an election or a developing crisis.

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As always, the MSM's long rehearsed and carefully choreographed "Overboard" and "Overkill" for a royal demise, but in the midst of a major pandemic the weary public has little appetite for wall-to-wall coverage of privileged folks' troubles and the deficit of deference is palpable as it rapidly goes the way of the "tug of the forelock". Just switch it off and "get a life"!

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Seems to have slowed down abit on BBC World. Info overload.

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Was this separate measure necessary?

“The broadcaster set up a special website page for viewers to register objections if they felt there was “too much TV coverage of the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.” -

The BBC is taxpayer-funded.” - Therefore, a responsibility to ALL people. Deal with it, don’t segregate it.
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I think it’s more concerning that parliament has been shut down for over a week. Nice work if you can get it.

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It’s impossible for the BBC to overdo coverage of the royal family. The people have the right to know what a publicly funded family does via the publicly funded broadcaster.

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It was too much, several channels broadcasting the same thing over and over for more than 24 hours. BBC4 didn’t broadcast at all. I was right about Gogglebox on C4, most watched programme on Friday.

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Turn off the tv. Simple.

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“Some Britons saw the BBC’s actions as ‘a fitting mark of respect’. For others, ‘it was a bit much’.” -
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