Record 110,000 complaints over BBC coverage of Prince Phillip’s death, official figures show

The BBC received a record 110,000 complaints over its coverage of Prince Philip’s death, according to the broadcaster’s official figures.

It is the highest number of complaints ever published in the UK about television programming.

After the Duke of Edinburgh’s death was announced on Friday, the BBC cleared its schedules and dedicated whole channels to tributes and programmes on the royal.

Six days later, more than 109,700 people have lodged their grievances over its coverage, according to the BBC‘s fortnightly complaints bulletin.

The figures – published on Thursday – showed 104,010 people complained within the first three days.

The BBC said in a statement: “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.

“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.

“We are grateful for all feedback and we always listen to the response from our audiences.”