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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by Peta (U24) on Monday, 15th April 2013

    David Dimbleby introduces live coverage of the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, together with the Thatcher family and representatives from British and world politics, attend the service at St Paul's Cathedral. Sophie Raworth and Mishal Husain report from the route.

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    You can discuss the BBC's coverage of the funeral here.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013


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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    How to watch or listen

    BBC One 09:15 BST - 12:15 BST: David Dimbleby hosts live coverage, starting as the coffin leaves Westminster to the end of service at St Paul's Cathedral. Coverage from the service at 11:00 BST will also be shown on BBC World News

    Red Button BBC1: Live coverage of the funeral - commentary free

    Radio 4 10:00 BST - 12:00 BST: Sian Williams and James Naughtie cover the procession and funeral

    Radio 5 Live 09:30 BST - 14:00 BST: Special outside broadcast with full coverage of the procession and funeral

    BBC News Channel 08:00 BST: Simon McCoy and Jane Hill host live coverage from Westminster and St Paul's

    BBC World Service 11:00 BST: World Service English and some language services will cover the funeral service live

    BBC News website 07:00 BST: Live coverage in text and video throughout the day

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    Watch live online here:

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    Live now - options to view:

    BBC special programme
    Procession and service - no commentary
    Reports and reactions

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    Posted by Andy (U13887927) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    On Wed David Dimbleby introduces live coverage of the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, together with the Thatcher family and representatives from British and world politics, attend the service at St Paul's Cathedral. Sophie Raworth and Mishal Husain report from the route.

    www.bbc.co.uk/progra...

    You can discuss the BBC's coverage of the funeral here.

    Please do not start additional discussions about this programme. We will only have this one topic to discuss the programme. Others will be closed and/or posts failed.

    General discussions about Margaret Thatcher and other general political comments are off topic for this board.

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    Why do the BBC insist on having people commentate on a Funeral...some of the drivel that comes out ! It`s Television...we can see that the Pall Bearers are not wearing hats !

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    Posted by Malyndi (U14320297) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    Have been half-watching since just after 9, I think David Dimbleby is doing this really well.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013


    Hi Andy

    Why do the BBC insist on having people commentate on a Funeral...some of the drivel that comes out ! It`s Television...we can see that the Pall Bearers are not wearing hats ! 


    You can watch the commentary free version of the funeral via the BBC red button, or online via the BBC News site.

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    Posted by Andrew (U14703834) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    ...and "skotch guards" earlier.

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    Posted by Gizmomoo (U10999499) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    Susan this is a discussion board for TV not for politics. Politics is always off topic for this board not just today. smiley - ok

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    Posted by Andrew (U14703834) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    Should have been "nave" in this case...

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013


    Please note that you can send in your general comments about any aspect of the funeral via this page

    www.bbc.co.uk/news/u...

    This messageboard is specifically for comments about the BBC Programming relating to the event, not for general comments.

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    Posted by captainMouse (U14652804) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    does anybody know the piece of music being sung at this precise moment?

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    Posted by Gizmomoo (U10999499) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    There's an order of service here Captain, you might be able to work it from that with the help of youtube

    www.bbc.co.uk/news/u...

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    Posted by Bidie-In (U2747062) ** on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    Thank you BBC for the commentary free option on the red button. My elderly mother who sang in church choirs all her life is enjoying hearing the music uninterrupted by well meaning commentators.

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    Posted by Twinkles (U14947618) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    What is the point of this discussion, may I ask? That's if you can call it a discussion as it seems that many of the posts have been very actively moderated.

    Am I allowed to say that the coverage from the BBC over the death of Mrs Thatcher has been so over the top that it beggars belief?

    Just because this, all but in name, state funeral is going ahead, does not mean that the BBC has to go into overdrive mode, to fawn over in hushed tones, someone who was not universally liked. (I am being careful with my words)

    Why has so much of our licence fee been allocated for this big, expensive hullabaloo over such a divisive figure? I can understand it for a Royal personage just, but for a political figure who divides public opinion?
    I would not expect so much coverage for any political figure, regardless of their politics.

    Will I get moderated for saying this, or do I have to only comment on the nice uniforms of the Guardsmen, and the lovely respectful crowds?

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    Posted by Baby Dumpling (U14515450) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    Watching it now.
    Flawless coverage so far.
    David Dimbleby is excellent as always.

    I wished he had been doing the Queen's Diamond Jubilee instead of Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton.

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    Posted by puppydogeyes (U14659366) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    So you would like The BBC-the nations broadcaster- to to ignore this and show Cash in the Attic??

    This is being covered nationally and internationally-you may not agree with it-but the decision has been made

    The BBC did not determine the type of funeral

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    What is the point of this discussion, may I ask? That's if you can call it a discussion as it seems that many of the posts have been very actively moderated.

    Am I allowed to say that the coverage from the BBC over the death of Mrs Thatcher has been so over the top that it beggars belief?

    Just because this, all but in name, state funeral is going ahead, does not mean that the BBC has to go into overdrive mode, to fawn over in hushed tones, someone who was not universally liked. (I am being careful with my words)

    Why has so much of our licence fee been allocated for this big, expensive hullabaloo over such a divisive figure? I can understand it for a Royal personage just, but for a political figure who divides public opinion?
    I would not expect so much coverage for any political figure, regardless of their politics.

    Will I get moderated for saying this, or do I have to only comment on the nice uniforms of the Guardsmen, and the lovely respectful crowds?
     

    Hi Twinkles

    Part of the BBCs remit is to cover major UK news stories. This is a major news story.

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    Posted by ceefercat (U15330257) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    Why is this on so many BBC channels? Why not just have it on the BBC News channel, BBC World Service and Radio 4? It's this sort of blanket coverage which upsets people, most of whom aren't interested in the funeral and they will miss their regular programmes. For example, there are other things happening in the world and the 11:00 news on BBC2 has gone and it's been replaced by a BBC1 programme.

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    Posted by susan buckley (U15697724) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    T.V. and the media in general is how the general public receive our information about what is happening in the world. My point is that we rely on you, trust you even, (in your case) to report to us in an unbiased fashion. I don't feel that an accurate picture of this person's contribution to Britain is being portrayed, more than that I feel it is being "romanticised" by the B.B.C. This is not an even-handed report.

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    Posted by Twinkles (U14947618) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    What is the point of this discussion, may I ask? That's if you can call it a discussion as it seems that many of the posts have been very actively moderated.

    Am I allowed to say that the coverage from the BBC over the death of Mrs Thatcher has been so over the top that it beggars belief?

    Just because this, all but in name, state funeral is going ahead, does not mean that the BBC has to go into overdrive mode, to fawn over in hushed tones, someone who was not universally liked. (I am being careful with my words)

    Why has so much of our licence fee been allocated for this big, expensive hullabaloo over such a divisive figure? I can understand it for a Royal personage just, but for a political figure who divides public opinion?
    I would not expect so much coverage for any political figure, regardless of their politics.

    Will I get moderated for saying this, or do I have to only comment on the nice uniforms of the Guardsmen, and the lovely respectful crowds?
     

    Hi Twinkles

    Part of the BBCs remit is to cover major UK news stories. This is a major news story.

     
    I think the important word is 'cover' not saturate.

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    Posted by Gizmomoo (U10999499) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    It's this sort of blanket coverage which upsets people, most of whom aren't interested in the funeral and they will miss their regular programmes 

    Please can you provide evidence for this. Thank you.

    Viewing figures for todays funeral as compared to normal programming would do fine.

    As it happens BBC gained at least 1 viewer today as I tuned in to see the procession but never normally watch daytime telly.

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  • Message 26

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    Posted by Twinkles (U14947618) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    So you would like The BBC-the nations broadcaster- to to ignore this and show Cash in the Attic??

    This is being covered nationally and internationally-you may not agree with it-but the decision has been made

    The BBC did not determine the type of funeral 
    It is the saturated coverage from the BBC for this entire last week, and especially today which bothers me.

    Yes, of course there will be coverage of the funeral, but the scope and the tone of the broadcast is the BBC's responsibility, and the obsequious fawning over this woman today is hardly even-handed.

    I never watch 'Cash in the Attic' or any of these kind of programmes by the way.

    The cost of this funeral broadcast may mean we have to suffer many more of such cheaply made dire shows.

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  • Message 27

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    Posted by susan buckley (U15697724) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    I couldn't agree more.I don't know how you managed to get your message posted, but "actively moderated" doesn't begin to explain it. it seems we don't actually have a right to an opinion on how our licence fees, let alone our taxes get spent. the BBC seem to have (let's hope temporarily) lost their responsibility to report unbaisedly.

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  • Message 28

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    Posted by Johnnymol (U14690244) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    What is the point of this discussion, may I ask? That's if you can call it a discussion as it seems that many of the posts have been very actively moderated.

    Am I allowed to say that the coverage from the BBC over the death of Mrs Thatcher has been so over the top that it beggars belief?

    Just because this, all but in name, state funeral is going ahead, does not mean that the BBC has to go into overdrive mode, to fawn over in hushed tones, someone who was not universally liked. (I am being careful with my words)

    Why has so much of our licence fee been allocated for this big, expensive hullabaloo over such a divisive figure? I can understand it for a Royal personage just, but for a political figure who divides public opinion?
    I would not expect so much coverage for any political figure, regardless of their politics.

    Will I get moderated for saying this, or do I have to only comment on the nice uniforms of the Guardsmen, and the lovely respectful crowds?
     

    Hi Twinkles

    Part of the BBCs remit is to cover major UK news stories. This is a major news story.

     
    It''s a major news story for the Conservative Party, but I suspect it's not a major news story in vast areas of the UK.

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    Posted by captainMouse (U14652804) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    thank you Giz - no utube at work

    smiley - sadface brings up a 404 error though

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    Posted by Twinkles (U14947618) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    What is the point of this discussion, may I ask? That's if you can call it a discussion as it seems that many of the posts have been very actively moderated.

    Am I allowed to say that the coverage from the BBC over the death of Mrs Thatcher has been so over the top that it beggars belief?

    Just because this, all but in name, state funeral is going ahead, does not mean that the BBC has to go into overdrive mode, to fawn over in hushed tones, someone who was not universally liked. (I am being careful with my words)

    Why has so much of our licence fee been allocated for this big, expensive hullabaloo over such a divisive figure? I can understand it for a Royal personage just, but for a political figure who divides public opinion?
    I would not expect so much coverage for any political figure, regardless of their politics.

    Will I get moderated for saying this, or do I have to only comment on the nice uniforms of the Guardsmen, and the lovely respectful crowds?
     

    Hi Twinkles

    Part of the BBCs remit is to cover major UK news stories. This is a major news story.

     
    It''s a major news story for the Conservative Party, but I suspect it's not a major news story in vast areas of the UK. 
    smiley - ok

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  • Message 31

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    Posted by bounty-is-back-from-the-dead (U14258254) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    Twinkles you may not like this programme but there are many who do. And the BBC coverage of MT death may be over the top but it been the same way with Sky and ITV. Now if you don't like it and you are not watching it or missing any of your programmes think of others who do want to watch this programme. I don't think they will think that this is a waste of money

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    Posted by Essential Rabbit (U3613943) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    I couldn't agree more.I don't know how you managed to get your message posted, but "actively moderated" doesn't begin to explain it. it seems we don't actually have a right to an opinion on how our licence fees, let alone our taxes get spent. the BBC seem to have (let's hope temporarily) lost their responsibility to report unbaisedly.  the BBC seem to have (let's hope temporarily) lost their responsibility to report unbaisedly. 
    They are televising a live funeral service, for goodness sake, showing viewers what is happening.
    Bias doesn't enter into it any more than it will for the London Marathon.

    I'm an atheist but I'm not complaining about religion being involved.

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    Posted by Gizmomoo (U10999499) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    What is the point of this discussion, may I ask? That's if you can call it a discussion as it seems that many of the posts have been very actively moderated.

    Am I allowed to say that the coverage from the BBC over the death of Mrs Thatcher has been so over the top that it beggars belief?

    Just because this, all but in name, state funeral is going ahead, does not mean that the BBC has to go into overdrive mode, to fawn over in hushed tones, someone who was not universally liked. (I am being careful with my words)

    Why has so much of our licence fee been allocated for this big, expensive hullabaloo over such a divisive figure? I can understand it for a Royal personage just, but for a political figure who divides public opinion?
    I would not expect so much coverage for any political figure, regardless of their politics.

    Will I get moderated for saying this, or do I have to only comment on the nice uniforms of the Guardsmen, and the lovely respectful crowds?
     

    Hi Twinkles

    Part of the BBCs remit is to cover major UK news stories. This is a major news story.

     
    It''s a major news story for the Conservative Party, but I suspect it's not a major news story in vast areas of the UK. 
    How can the funeral of a 3 term Prime Minister not be a major news story for the UK. That's silly. I've never voted Conservative in my life but I was interested to see it.

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    Posted by lucy (U14792533) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    Nobody does it better than the BBC and David Dimbleby is the best for this type of programme. I for one am grateful for this excellent coverage and no-one is making anybody watch it. The commentary and camera work are of the highest quality - well done BBC.

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    Posted by Twinkles (U14947618) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    Twinkles you may not like this programme but there are many who do. And the BBC coverage of MT death may be over the top but it been the same way with Sky and ITV. Now if you don't like it and you are not watching it or missing any of your programmes think of others who do want to watch this programme. I don't think they will think that this is a waste of money  The fact is that Sky and ITV are not subsidised by the entire British nation re the licence fee.
    They can choose to report whatever they wish on their channels and in whatever way: The BBC is an entirely different matter, and should take the concerns of the people who are effectively paying their wages and for the programmes they make, into account.

    The BBC were well aware that saturation coverage of this funeral would anger and annoy many people, but chose to go ahead regardless.

    It is very difficult to express such annoyance at the amount of broadcasting that has been directed towards Mrs T without referring to the reason why people may be offended.
    That would get my posts moderated no doubt.

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    Posted by puppydogeyes (U14659366) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    As you well know you fund the commercial channels by buying products that have been advertised-so your argument about funding is immaterial

    And to keep saying your posts will be moderated so you can cry censorship is just silly

    It is a big news story-the BBC has an obligation to cover it-just accept it

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    Posted by Gizmomoo (U10999499) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    The fact is that Sky and ITV are not subsidised by the entire British nation re the licence fee.
    They can choose to report whatever they wish on their channels and in whatever way: The BBC is an entirely different matter, and should take the concerns of the people who are effectively paying their wages and for the programmes they make, into account. 


    The fact the BBC is publicly funded is exactly why they CANNOT decide what they do and do not cover. Not covering the funeral of Margaret Thatcher would be a political decision, one that a publicly funded broadcaster CANNOT make.

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    Posted by mark27b (U15697772) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    I believe it also needs to be on BBC1 or BBC2 so it can also be broadcast on othe two relevant HD version of that channel. Many can't get BBC News in HD even if it is available.

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    Posted by bounty-is-back-from-the-dead (U14258254) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    Twinkles.

    Just because you and others think this programme is expensive others may not you. What do you want an opt out on paying youe lience on programmes you don't like in any shape or form? We all wish that. The coverage as not been staturation it is the same coverage that you would get on any major news item. I think you are complainting because of who this person is if it was some other former leader would your views be the same than?

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    Posted by Andrew (U14703834) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    Very good coverage, respectful and dignified.

    David's tone was very fitting and understated - his little gaff when the Queen was being led into St. Pauls will have to go unsaid though since to do so will result in posts here dissapearing...

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    Posted by mark27b (U15697772) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    Well done BBC, much better than the jubilee coverage last year and this time in tone and quaility up to the standards I expect from a public service broadcaster.

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    Posted by Essential Rabbit (U3613943) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    Twinkles you may not like this programme but there are many who do. And the BBC coverage of MT death may be over the top but it been the same way with Sky and ITV. Now if you don't like it and you are not watching it or missing any of your programmes think of others who do want to watch this programme. I don't think they will think that this is a waste of money  The fact is that Sky and ITV are not subsidised by the entire British nation re the licence fee.
    They can choose to report whatever they wish on their channels and in whatever way: The BBC is an entirely different matter, and should take the concerns of the people who are effectively paying their wages and for the programmes they make, into account.

    The BBC were well aware that saturation coverage of this funeral would anger and annoy many people, but chose to go ahead regardless.

    It is very difficult to express such annoyance at the amount of broadcasting that has been directed towards Mrs T without referring to the reason why people may be offended.
    That would get my posts moderated no doubt. 
    As a licence fee payer, effectively paying the wages of everyone at the BBC, I demand that they never show any programme that I don't like!!!

    Oh, hang on ........

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    Posted by Twinkles (U14947618) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    The fact is that Sky and ITV are not subsidised by the entire British nation re the licence fee.
    They can choose to report whatever they wish on their channels and in whatever way: The BBC is an entirely different matter, and should take the concerns of the people who are effectively paying their wages and for the programmes they make, into account. 


    The fact the BBC is publicly funded is exactly why they CANNOT decide what they do and do not cover. Not covering the funeral of Margaret Thatcher would be a political decision, one that a publicly funded broadcaster CANNOT make.
     
    The same way that the BBC did not manipulate the charts by 'allowing' only a few seconds of the No 2 song in the charts...'Ding Dong'... yet let allowed another song called 'We love Margaret Thatcher', which only reached the lower chart, be played in it's entirety?

    Definitely some kind of political decision carried out there, don't you think?

    By the way, I didn't agree with the song, it was puerile, but I do believe in freedom of speech, and the right for the song to be played in its entirety.

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    Posted by Turner (U14992668) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    I'm trying to stay out of this debate (if you can call it that), but I cannot let this go.

    The fact the BBC is publicly funded is exactly why they CANNOT decide what they do and do not cover. Not covering the funeral of Margaret Thatcher would be a political decision, one that a publicly funded broadcaster CANNOT make. 

    There have been plenty of decisions about what to/what not to and how to cover Thatcher-related news in the past 10 days that could be read only *as* political. One example, last Saturdays' protest in Trafalgar Square: got barely a few minutes of coverage in the news, and the scant facts and figures relayed were, how shall I put it, grossly distorted.
    The Single Chart debacle is another example.
    And I could go on.

    So while you're correct about the BBC's duty of impartiality in reporting news, the reality is that many have been left with the impression that the BBC's conduct, in this particular case, has left a lot to be desired.
    IMO, of course.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013


    Hi Twinkle

    If you'd like to discuss the song, and whether the BBC were right to play it in part and then explain why it was in the charts, please join the discussion specifically about this topic here

    www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mb...

    This discussion is about the BBCs coverage of the funeral.

    Thanks

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  • Message 46

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    Posted by Twinkles (U14947618) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    Twinkles you may not like this programme but there are many who do. And the BBC coverage of MT death may be over the top but it been the same way with Sky and ITV. Now if you don't like it and you are not watching it or missing any of your programmes think of others who do want to watch this programme. I don't think they will think that this is a waste of money  The fact is that Sky and ITV are not subsidised by the entire British nation re the licence fee.
    They can choose to report whatever they wish on their channels and in whatever way: The BBC is an entirely different matter, and should take the concerns of the people who are effectively paying their wages and for the programmes they make, into account.

    The BBC were well aware that saturation coverage of this funeral would anger and annoy many people, but chose to go ahead regardless.

    It is very difficult to express such annoyance at the amount of broadcasting that has been directed towards Mrs T without referring to the reason why people may be offended.
    That would get my posts moderated no doubt. 
    As a licence fee payer, effectively paying the wages of everyone at the BBC, I demand that they never show any programme that I don't like!!!

    Oh, hang on ........  
    People seem to be taking things out of context here.

    I have said that yes, the funeral should be shown as a newsworthy item, but not such blanket coverage.

    I enjoy many programmes on the BBC, but respect the right of others to disagree with me.

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  • Message 47

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    Posted by meddaboy (U15031418) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    marvelous ,tremendous,coverage by the beeb,nobody does a funeral like us brits,i did i see ( tarzan )hesiltine in the church ?

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  • Message 48

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    Posted by poshHebeJeebie (U9319867) ** on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    Nobody does it better than the BBC and David Dimbleby is the best for this type of programme. I for one am grateful for this excellent coverage and no-one is making anybody watch it. The commentary and camera work are of the highest quality - well done BBC.  I watched it all in some awe - whether we agree with the scale of the funeral or not, agree with MT or not, as a nation, we are unsurpassed with ceremony, and the coverage by the BBC has been well done in general imo.

    However, I do feel that David Dimbleby has had his day. The card on the flowers on the coffin referred to their mother (from Mark & Carol Thatcher) being always in their "hearts" - not minds, as David incorrectly reported. And her grandchildren are not, as he said, "granddaughters" but one granddaughter and one grandson.

    Many other times he seemed to stumble over his words, and it seems that, perhaps, he is less adept at commentating than he used to be.

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  • Message 49

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    Posted by puppydogeyes (U14659366) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    Well it is over now-Bargain Hunt is coming up-any complaints about how much that is costing the licence payers who are are at work and cant see it?

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  • Message 50

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    Posted by Gizmomoo (U10999499) on Wednesday, 17th April 2013

    The song was not a political decision, it was one of decency.

    Any funeral of this size and scale would have received wall to wall coverage, no matter what party the person represented.

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