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Diamond Jubilee: BBC receives over 2,000 complaints over coverage

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The BBC has received over 2,000 viewer complaints over its recent coverage of the Diamond Jubilee.

Coverage of the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's 60-year reign included a concert, a carriage procession and a river pageant.

The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, The Queen, Prince William, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Diamond Jubilee, red arrows

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The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, The Queen, Prince William, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry



However, around 2,425 viewers sent messages saying that they thought the coverage was sub-par, with some critics describing Sunday's river pageant as "inane" and "tedious".

Former BBC royal correspondent Michael Cole said of the pageant: "I think it's outrageous when you hear a person who's been paid to be a commentator refer to Her Majesty The Queen as 'Her Royal Highness'.

"No preparation, no homework. There was no gravitas. I don't remember one memorable phrase or evocative expression."

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall on stage outside Buckingham Palace during the Diamond Jubilee Concert.

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According to BBC News, BBC director general Mark Thompson stands by the programming over the Jubilee weekend.

In an internal email to staff, he said: "Our output has been impressive not only in its scale, but in its ambition, quality and outstanding journalism."

BBC creative director Alan Yentob has also said that while it is "fair to criticise" some parts of the broadcasting, he does not believe "you can say in every aspect that this thing failed... Nothing gets a universal three cheers."

Ratings for the television event were high despite the complaints, with the Diamond Jubilee concert featuring Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and Elton John drawing 17 million viewers.

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