BBC News Channel, 12 July, 2013

BBC News Channel


We have received complaints from viewers unhappy that commentary was aired during a two minute silence on the day of the funeral of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

Response from BBC News

BBC News provided full coverage of Fusilier Lee Rigby's funeral in Bury on Friday. The service was private but an audio feed of some of the service was provided to crowds waiting outside.

A little before 11am many of these mourners fell silent as they waited for the first address to be given. Music being played in the church at this point was not included in the audio feed, adding to the sense of quiet reflection.

Our team had liaised closely with the Church and the Ministry of Defence, and were told that a formal silence did not form part of the proceedings in Bury. This meant our reporter continued to explain the event to our viewers, some of whom had joined on BBC 2.

We are aware that a formal silence was observed at 1100 at Fusilier Rigby's barracks in Woolwich, and some other locations. We recognise that our live coverage did not reflect this, given a decision to focus on the funeral in Bury in a way that was, we hope, respectful throughout.


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