The BBC’s coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral was watched by an average of nearly seven million people.
The company devoted nearly four hours to the event, led by veteran broadcaster Huw Edwards.
The BBC peaked just after 3 p.m. when the ceremony began. 11.3 million people tuned in, the BBC said.
The hour-long service between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. was viewed by 11 million people on the BBC, 2.1 million on ITV and around 450,000 on Sky, reported BBC News, citing figures from the official Barb averages for overnight stays for the entire hour slot .
The coverage, which drew an average of 6.6 million viewers, began at 12:30 p.m. when Edwards was joined by guests such as Sir David Attenborough, Gyles Brandreth and Alan Titchmarsh to share memories of the late Duke, who on April 9th aged Died 99 years ago.
Edwards closed the coverage at 4:15 pm and considered a “deeply moving service” including “a very dignified, sharp and stylish military procession that symbolized all that was important and outstanding in the long life of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh was “.
He added, “He now rests in peace in the royal vaults under St. George’s Chapel, having fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith.”
Ahead of the event, Edwards wrote in the Spectator: “In four hours of live broadcast, watched by millions of viewers, the focus is on accuracy and sound.
“Most of the people who give advice online have never, predictably, been entrusted with such a duty. Thank you anyway.”
The company received 110,000 complaints about coverage of Philip’s death after it cleared its schedules and reported mirrored BBC One, BBC Two and the news channel.
The complaints were the highest number ever published in the UK on television programs, making coverage of Philip’s death the most objectionable program in BBC history.
An online book of condolence has been published enabling people to safely show their respect for the Duke of Edinburgh to the Duke of Edinburgh.
As part of government policy, traditional condolence books will not be available in public buildings for people to personally sign.
The official “Guide to Time for National Mourning” also urges the public not to place flowers or other memorabilia such as candles, messages and memorabilia in royal residences or other public spaces.
People are also asked not to visit the Royal Residences or to gather in public at this time and continue to obey all regulations.
However, the website is www.princephilipcondolences.co.uk enables members of the public to pay their respects to Prince Philip in a Covid-compliant manner.
BBC Two did not cover the funeral, but showed the World Snooker Championship. The funeral was shown on the BBC News Channel.
ITV committed a little over three hours for the funeral, which was anchored by Tom Bradby and Julie Etchingham and introduced guests such as Philip’s goddaughter India Hicks.
Channel 4 showed episodes of the reality show Four In A Bed, while Channel 5 aired the film A Knight’s Tale starring Heath Ledger.