Simon McCoy hits out at BBC’s Prince Philip coverage – ‘People want a choice!’

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The outspoken news anchor, who is heading to GB News, questioned why both BBC One and BBC Two aired the same documentary about the prince. Mr McCoy, famous for his sarcastic one-liners during news bulletins, was one of many who raised questions about the scheduling of his former employers.

The news broke just after midday yesterday that the Duke of Edinburgh had died peacefully in Windsor Castle at the age of 99.

A statement from Buckingham Palace told that Her Majesty The Queen, who had been married to the Duke for 73 years, felt a “deep sorrow” at his loss.

Following the announcement, the BBC postponed all non-news programming as a mark of respect.

ITV followed suit with news updates throughout the afternoon as well as a number of documentaries.

While rightly paying tribute to the duke’s lifelong service, Mr McCoy questioned why both BBC One and Two both aired A Tribute To HRH Duke Of Edinburgh in the 9-10pm slot.

He tweeted: “BBC1 and BBC2 showing the same thing. And presumably the News Channel too. Why?

“I know this is a huge event. But surely the public deserve a choice of programming?”

He later added that his comments weren’t an insult to the Beeb’s coverage of the prince’s death.

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He added: “The BBC’s coverage was exemplary. Don’t misquote me.”

The newsreader, who has departed the BBC for Andrew Neil’s newly launched news channel, wasn’t the only one to criticise the scheduling.

The corporation was so inundated with irate viewers that it set up an online complaints form specifically about “too much TV coverage of the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”

It came after Buckingham Palace announced the sad news – sending the nation into mourning.

In a statement, it said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

“Further announcements will made in due course.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

Prince Philip had retired in 2017 at the age of 96, with 22,219 solo engagements under his belt.

And even while he is entitled to a full state funeral, the duke was very clear about wanting a simple ceremony in arrangements made before his death.

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