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World BBC Is Anti-British, Activists Say, as Britons Tune Out of Philip Coverage

02:20  11 april  2021
02:20  11 april  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

Who he was, what he did and why he mattered

  Who he was, what he did and why he mattered He was the man beside Queen Elizabeth II - and arguably the world's most famous husband.He spent seven decades in the shadow of his wife, the UK's Queen Elizabeth II - but his force of personality meant he would never be simply a professional spouse.

A new movement has sprung up in the U.K. of people seeking to "Defund the BBC." An activist organization named just that has called the British Broadcasting Corporation "anti-British," seemingly in response to the network offering a way for viewers to complain about its voluminous coverage of Prince Philip's death on Friday.

The logo for the Broadcasting House, the headquarters of the BBC is displayed outside on July 25, 2015 in London, England. © Carl Court/Getty Images The logo for the Broadcasting House, the headquarters of the BBC is displayed outside on July 25, 2015 in London, England.

"Disgraceful! The anti-British BBC has set up a form to encourage complaints about the volume of coverage of Prince Philips death," Defund the BBC tweeted on Friday.

Obituary: HRH the Duke of Edinburgh

  Obituary: HRH the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, won widespread respect for his steadfast and constant support of the Queen. It was a desperately difficult role for anyone, let alone a man who had been used to naval command and who held strong views on a wide range of subjects.Yet it was that very strength of character that enabled him to discharge his responsibilities so effectively, and provide such wholehearted support to his wife in her role as Queen.As male consort to a female sovereign, Prince Philip had no constitutional position.

The tweet included a link to a now-out-of-service BBC page that appeared to have been set up specifically for complaints against the network over its coverage of Philip's death. It appears the page has been taken down: A "Sorry, this page isn't available" message appears when going to the link.

Defund the BBC appears to have begun last summer with the goal of making payment of a TV license fee optional. "Our aim is simple – we want to decriminalise non-payment of the TV licence fee and reduce the BBC Charter's scope to cover BBC content only," the organization says in a GoFundMe campaign launched to help spread awareness.

The man who wouldn't be king

  The man who wouldn't be king They met as children, at his cousin's wedding. Philip and Elizabeth's paths would eventually cross again, but in the years before they became an iconic couple, the blue-eyed, ash-blond boy earned a reputation as a ladies' man and distinguished naval officer.The groom barely stole a glance as they walked up the aisle.

In an emailed statement to Newsweek, Defund the BBC campaign director Rebecca Ryan explained why the movement found the complaint page offensive.

"Having recently mocked an MP for having a Union Jack and photo of the Queen in his office during a live broadcast the BBC is now encouraging viewers to complain about coverage of Prince Philips death. This is deeply insulting to the very people who are forced to fund the broadcaster through taxation on watching any live TV," she wrote in an email.

According to Deadline, the BBC and other British channels suffered ratings hits on Friday as coverage surrounding Philip's death became the channel's main focus. The entertainment outlet noted that BBC One saw a six percent decrease in viewership from the previous Friday, while BBC Two dropped 65 percent.

While the page for people to voice their frustrations about the plentiful coverage surrounding Prince Philip's death may be gone, the BBC does have a section on its website explaining the changes and offering viewers links to schedules.

DAN WOOTTON: Farewell Prince Phillip

  DAN WOOTTON: Farewell Prince Phillip Prince Philip was 'a future thinker' and passionate environmentalist who embraced new technology. Without him the Royal Family would not be the biggest stars on the planet, writes DAN WOOTTON.An outsider who embraced new technology and allowed the mass media in to share a little of the private lives of our royals with the wider public.

"Due to the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, there will be changes to our planned schedules," the BBC site says. "We understand that last minute schedule changes can be frustrating to our audiences and we try to keep them to a minimum."

Despite the activists' anger at the BBC's now-defunct efforts to streamline complaints about the abundant coverage surrounding Philip's death, many people on Twitter did critique the network for what they saw as an excessive amount of coverage, some offering jokes that it seemed that the network was overdoing it. Others criticized the network with at least two people pointing out that it felt like the BBC was providing more in-depth coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh's passing rather than important issues such as victims of the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit.

One person pointed out the irony in the two sides of the argument.

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