BBC defends itself following criticism of level of coverage of Queens death

The BBC has defended itself after viewers complained about the "level of coverage" of the Queen's death.

Normal TV schedules have been interrupted since the monarch died on September 8, with shows delayed and moved as broadcasters made way for news and special programmes about the Queen.

But the BBC has now confirmed that not everybody was happy with the amount of coverage.

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They posted a message on their website saying that they had received complaints from viewers, but insisted they were just reflecting that Her Majesty's passing was "an event of national and international significance".

The statement said: "We've received complaints about the level of coverage and changes to the schedule following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

"The death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is an event of national and international significance which is being reflected in our output.

"This has meant changes to our schedules.

"Programme alternatives have been available – including on iPlayer and Sounds."

One of the programmes affected by schedule changes was Strictly Come Dancing.

This year's series of the much-loved BBC ballroom contest was due to start on September 17 with a glittering launch show.

However, the programme – which was pre-recorded and sees the celebs being matched up with their pro partners – was moved back to September 23 after the Queen's death.

The first live show is set to air the following night.

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Strictly's original launch night slot was filled by a showing of the film Paddington, which was a nod to the monarch after she shot a charming sketch with the bear for the Jubilee.

Soaps such as EastEnders and Coronation Street were also affected by the schedule shake-up, as were ITV daytime favourites including This Morning and Loose Women.


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