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BBC inundated with complaints over coverage of Prince Philip’s death

The BBC has been inundated with complaints after it dropped most of its schedule on Friday and Saturday across its television and radio channels.

The Guardian reports that within six hours of the Prince’s death, the BBC received hundreds of complaints, which led to the corporation opening up a dedicated complaints for mon its website.

On Friday, BBC One and BBC Two simulcast its transmission with BBC News with its special extended bulletins and tributes. BBC Four viewers were directed to BBC News too.

According to overnight figures, BBC One’s audience dipped by 6% compared to the previous Friday, while BBC Two’s audience dwindled also.

A BBC statement said, “With the sad news that HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has died, there is now special coverage across all BBC networks to mark his life of extraordinary public service and planned scheduling has been suspended.”