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Politics

Published on December 12th, 2013 | by Flipside

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BBC Mandela death coverage ‘inadequate’ say viewers

Coverage of other news stories “excessive”.

The BBC has been inundated with at least four complaints about how it didn’t devote enough of its news coverage to the death of Nelson Mandela.

“I’m angry,” said Angry from Aberdeen, “that they let inconsequential matters like the worst storm in sixty years get in the way of devoting their entire news output to this great man.”

Utterly Furious from Falkirk went further. “I’m utterly furious,” he said. “They interrupted a repeat of Mrs Brown’s boys to tell us the news, and then went back to the programme! How dare they? I expected at least 24 hours of depressing music and still photos of Mandela before they even thought about resuming normal transmissions. But he got barely one minute. I guess life is cheap these days.”

“I’m deeply disappointed,” added Mr D. Disappointed of Dundee. “The UK national news devoted 90% of its coverage to Mandela, but on the Scottish news it was barely two thirds. They felt the need to spend ten whole minutes wittering on about some people I’d never heard of getting their homes flooded. How does that affect me, I ask you? I wanted more Scottish people telling us how sad they were about losing someone they’d never met.”

Other channels, like BBC2, BBC3 and CBBC, did even less, confining coverage to the occasional brief news update. Worst of all was CBeebies, which didn’t cover the death at all. “I’m appalled,” said Mrs Appalled of Kirkcaldy. My 2-year olds watch CBeebies all day, so how are they supposed to know that he’s dead? I’d have hoped at least that Iggle-Piggle and Upsy-Daisy could have stopped what they were doing to have a little cry at one point, but no, they went right on as if nothing had happened.”

Disappointed from Dundee summed it up. “Normally BBC Scotland do an excellent job of taking a news story that’s actually about the UK or somewhere else, and pretending that it’s actually about Scotland. But they let us down badly this time.”

 

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