Tuesday, 10 December 2013
1,350 complaints lodged against BBC over ‘excessive’ coverage of Mandela’s death
According to KRS correspondents, more than 1,000 viewers have complained about ‘excessive’ coverage of Nelson Mandela’s death on BBC services, including some who grumbled about a repeat of popular sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys being interrupted. By today the corporation had received 1,350 complaints about too much coverage across its news services, with some saying the emphasis had reduced the coverage of severe weather across the UK that day. Programme chiefs broke into a repeat of BBC1 sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys to break the news. The BBC has defended its coverage and said Mandela’s death was of ‘considerable interest’ to audiences in the UK and across the rest of the world.