World BBC received more than 100,000 complaints over coverage of Prince Philip's death
Prince Philip Dead — the Love of Queen Elizabeth's Life Was 99
"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband," a royal communications statement read Friday . "His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. "Further announcements will be made in due course. "The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss." Prince Philip — who retired from his public duties in August 2017 — is survived by his wife of 73 years, Queen Elizabeth, their daughter Princess Anne and their three sons: next-in-line-to-the-throne Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
The UK's public broadcaster, the BBC, received over 100,000 complaints over the level of coverage of, the network said Thursday.
Figures made available by the BBC showed 109,741 complaints had been made, as of Thursday, "driven by reaction to the amount of coverage given to the death of the Duke of Edinburgh."
In a statement on its website, the BBC said: "The passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was a significant event which generated a lot of interest both nationally and internationally. We acknowledge some viewers were unhappy with the level of coverage given, and impact this had on the billed TV and Radio schedules."
Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband and closest confidant and advisor, dies at 99
The Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, was the undisputed master of the British royal household for more than seven decades. Philip was known equally as a curmudgeon and a charmer who could quickly put nervous guests at ease with an easy (and sometimes outrageous) one-liner. Courtiers, his own children and the queen herself backed down under the quick flash of his temper, and guests at Buckingham Palace were expected to stay up to speed with his lively intellect and encyclopedic command of facts or were hastily dismissed as not worth the duke’s time.
"We do not make such changes without careful consideration and the decisions made reflect the role the BBC plays as the national broadcaster, during moments of national significance," it added.
A BBC spokesperson also said: "We are proud of our coverage and the role we play during moments of national significance."
A tipping point
Global interest in the British royal family has boomed recently, mostly due to Harry and Meghan'swith Oprah Winfrey last month and the hit TV series " ." But after Prince Philip's death on Friday, media saturation appears to have reached tipping point, in Britain at least.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)on its website after it was inundated with complaints about its wall-to-wall coverage.
Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s Activist Husband, Dies at 99
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband and confidant of the U.K.’s Queen Elizabeth II since 1947, has died. He was 99. The prince “passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle,” according to an emailed statement Friday from the Queen’s officials.Philip’s death comes at a moment of profound change for the U.K. Five years after the vote to leave the European Union, Britain is trying to heal the wounds from the Brexit process, while recovering from the pandemic that pushed the economy into its deepest recession for 300 years.
The lifelong companion ofand the longest-serving consort in British history, died at the age of 99 on Friday. The BBC responded by clearing its regular TV and radio programming and broadcasting special news reports and tribute programs instead. Popular TV shows like the top-rated soap EastEnders and the final of the cooking competition MasterChef were postponed. Coverage was simulcast across various networks.
National radio stations also changed their tone after the palace announced the death,and taking some music programs off air.
Some viewers appeared to tune out, too. BBC One's Friday average viewership between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. fell to 2.41 million from the previous week's 2.56 million, a drop of almost 6%, according to data published by, an entertainment website. BBC Two's viewership declined 65%, from 980,000 to 340,000, according to Deadline's analysis of preliminary data from BARB, the company that collects ratings on behalf of British broadcasters.
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Viewers also criticized the broadcasterwhen it pulled all programming from BBC Four, including coverage of an England women's football game.
Similarly, the BBC's main rival ITV broadcast a film about Prince Philip at 5 p.m. local time before a two-hour long news special at 7 p.m. and a documentary at 9 p.m. It saw a 60% hit to its ratings on Friday evening, according to Deadline.
Chanel 4, another British free-to-air service, had less coverage of the death and its 9 p.m. show 'Gogglebox' was watched by 4.2 million viewers, the highest-rated individual show of the day, according to Deadline's analysis.
The BBC, which is funded by a compulsory license fee on all TV viewers, has been at the heart of media in the United Kingdom for the best part of a century, but it isfor survival.
As the government, led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson,, the corporation is facing an ever bigger challenge from huge global digital rivals such as Netflix, Amazon and the Google-owned YouTube eating away at its audience.
The group Defund the BBC, which campaigns for the decriminalization of the failure to pay a TV license fee which funds the broadcasterthe decision to set up a complaints form was "disgraceful" and that the BBC is "anti-British."
Tribes mourn loss of god-like figure, Prince Philip .
Some villagers in Vanuatu believe in the "Prince Philip Movement" and are now mourning the loss of the duke.Some villagers on the island of Tanna, which a part of Vanuatu, follow the Prince Philip Movement, and are now mourning the loss of duke, BBC News reports.