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Viewers complain to BBC after Nelson Mandela coverage interrupts Mrs Brown’s Boys

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Brendan O’Carroll in Mrs Brown’s Boys

MORE than 800 people complained to the BBC after the broadcaster interrupted an episode of Mrs Brown’s Boys to announce the death of Nelson Mandela.

The broadcaster confirmed it had received 850 complaints about its decision to air a special news bulletin during a repeat episode of Brendan O’Carroll’s sitcom last Thursday evening, December 5.

BBC News Director James Harding has since apologised to viewers but stood by the decision, claiming the passing of the former South African President was of “singular significance”.

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“The importance of his life and marking his death seems extremely clear to us,” he told the BBC’s Newswatch programme over the weekend.


Fiona Audley

Fiona Audley is Managing Editor with The Irish Post. You can follow her on Twitter @fifiaudley

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2 comments on “Viewers complain to BBC after Nelson Mandela coverage interrupts Mrs Brown’s Boys”

  1. Niall Gordon

    Like everyone else, of course I realise the importance of the announcement of Mr Mandela's passing. However, I feel the BBC could have waited the 20 minutes or so to make the announcement on the actual news programme which followed Mrs Brown. My feeling is that this says more about the empirical and arrogant nature of the BBC than it does about their very public concern over the death of the great man.

  2. maria poss

    Well said Niall. Does BBC now stand for Big Brother Corporation? Or should we just salute everyone with "Heil Harding"?


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