It”s been the most widely covered news story across the globe for the past few days, but the BBC received plenty of criticism for their “excessive coverage” regarding the royal birth of Kate Middleton and Prince William”s newborn son.
On Wednesday (July 24), the U.K. public broadcaster addressed their critics in a lengthy statement, saying, “We received complaints from some viewers who feel there has been too much coverage of the royal baby story and also from some who feel that the coverage has been biased in favor of the monarchy.”
Though the exciting news was a top story, the BBC explains they have continued a wide range of coverage for various topics, adding, “Over the past few days the birth of the royal baby has been a lead story for BBC News, but our editors have taken care that other stories have been covered too. We know from our audience figures that our coverage of the royal baby has been extremely popular – Monday was the biggest global day and second biggest U.K. day ever for BBC News online with 19.4 million unique browsers globally and 10.8 million from the U.K.”
The BBC concluded their response, saying, “We are satisfied that our audiences had both the best coverage of a major historical event – the birth of a new heir to the throne – as well as options to view other news across BBC output as a whole.”