Comedian and BIMA Hall of Fame nominee Stephen Fry is leading a chorus of criticism of the BBC’s Diamond Jubilee coverage – describing it on Twitter as “mind-numbingly tedious”.
The Scotsman reports: “The corporation drew criticism during the Thames pageant, with viewers attacking its ‘inane’ commentary, camera angles and sound quality.
“With broadcasters struggling to cope with technical problems caused by the bad weather, including the sound cutting out during musical performances, Fry took to Twitter to single out other aspects of the BBC’s coverage.
He wrote: ‘Has the BBC ever presented a more mind-numbingly tedious programme in its history? ‘HRH the queen’ said the first ignorant presenter. HRH?’.”
Kevin Marsh, a former editor of Radio’s 4 Today and World at One programmes, appeared to echo his views, writing: “Am I being over-critical or is the BBC commentary lamentable?”
However, the BBC defended its coverage, responding: “We’re very proud of the quality and breadth of the BBC’s coverage of this extraordinary event.”