Prince Philip has died, and no death is a welcome event. For reasons best known to themselves, the BBC has elected to run special, extended news bulletins about the death and about the Prince generally over more than one of its channels. Which begs the question that if I can view the content on BBC1, why does it also need to be on BBC2? Much of this news content has been repeated: I can recall seeing the Queen giving the same speech at least five times. Many other programs have been summarily postponed.
I think that the special news bulletins went on until midnight last night, and when I switched BBC news on before 6am this morning, the content was still being repeated.
It seems to me that two major points need to be taken into account here.
First, we are forced by law to purchase an annual TV licence, which funds the BBC. Hence I am being forced to pay for BBC content that I certainly do not want to see in such extended and repeated fashion. An extended news bulletin about the death would have been appropriate, but blanket TV coverage over more than one channel for many hours, and now entering its second day, really is excessive.
Second, while there are many people in the UK who revere the Royal Family, there are many others who are indifferent to them, and many others again who would actively like to see the concept of royalty totally abolished in this country. The BBC is supposed represent an overview of opinion, but here we are experiencing blanket, pro-royal coverage – in the spirit of Equality and impartiality, can we thus expect to see blanket, anti-royal coverage from the BBC at some stage?
The BBC is apparently being inundated by complaints about this excessive coverage, to the extent that it has set up a dedicated link for logging a complaint simply by entering your email address, which I have done.
The link to the dedicated complaint line is:
To make a complaint re this TV coverage, simply enter your email address on the form that appears.