BBC criticised over 'lamentable' Jubilee river pageant coverage
Published Jun 4 2012, 00:30 BST | By Tom Eames
has been criticised over its "lamentable" Diamond Jubilee coverage yesterday (June 3).
BBC One aired nearly five hours of live coverage of the river pageant on the Thames on Sunday afternoon, with one MP describing it as "low-grade, celebrity-driven drivel".
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Poor sound quality and camera work were also damned, along with a description of the Queen as "HRH" rather than "Her Majesty"Stephen Fry
described the live coverage as "mind-numbingly tedious" on his Twitter page.
: "Has the BBC ever presented a more mind-numbingly tedious programme in its history? "HRH the queen" said the first ignorant presenter. HRH?".
A BBC spokesman responded to the criticisms, saying: "We're very proud of the quality and breadth of the BBC's coverage of this extraordinary event."
Fry later added
: "Don't get me wrong peeps, I'm not saying this in relation to ER II's jubilee - just expected better of the beeb. Didn't mean to upset anyone."
editor Kevin Marsh wrote: "Am I being over-critical or is the BBC commentary lamentable?"
He added: "Why cut away from Queenie's River Pageant to watch that mindless Tess Daly nonsense... scarcely credible."
Tory MP for Reading East Rob Wilson said: "Seems we all agree on terrible BBC coverage. Low-grade, celebrity-driven drivel. How did Beeb get it so wrong?"
He continued: "Which is worse, the heavy rain falling on the flotilla along the Thames or the BBC's dreadful coverage of this Royal Jubilee event?"Photo gallery - Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace:
The Duchess of Cambridge, in a scarlet Alexander McQueen dress, and Prince William prepare to board the Spirit of Chartwell for the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London.