BBC Whitney Houston coverage criticised


By John Glenday, Reporter

February 22, 2012 | 1 min read

The BBC has been forced to defend its saturation coverage of Whitney Houston’s funeral on the BBC news channel after receiving 118 complaints about the channel’s coverage of the four hour service on Saturday.

In a statement the broadcaster asserted that it was part of its “function” to report upon such events, which in this case entailed live coverage of the service from 17:00 to 20:30 and regular looping reports thereafter.

The corporation said: “The News Channel's coverage of Whitney Houston's funeral reflected the significant interest in her sudden death as well as acknowledging the impact she had as a global recording artist.”

A host of celebrities queued up to give eulogies to the singer during the service; including Kevin Costner, Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys.

Proving that you can never please everybody 34 Whitney Houston fans also complained, upset that the service had been interrupted prematurely.


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