- The BBC has created an online complaints form amid criticism of coverage of the death of Prince Philip
- Under-fire broadcaster cancelled scheduled programming across its TV channels and national radio stations
- The Duke of Edinburgh passed away 'peacefully' at Windsor Castle yesterday aged 99, the Palace saidThe BBC was tonight forced to create an online complaints form after it came under fire for providing 'too much TV coverage' of news of the Duke of Edinburgh's death aged 99.
The broadcaster cancelled its scheduled programming across BBC One, BBC Two and the News channel to air specials about Prince Philip, who passed away yesterday at Windsor Castle.
But the BBC was forced to set up a complaints form after admitting that its wall-to-wall coverage of the death of the nation's longest-serving consort had been criticised as 'over the top'.
In the complaints tab of its website, the corporation said: 'We're receiving complaints about too much TV coverage of the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Please enter your email address below to register a complaint about this - we'll then send you the BBC's response as soon as it is available.'
Twitter users lashed out at the BBC for cancelling its programming. Among those taking the broadcaster to task was Simon McCoy, the hilariously indiscreet news presenter who quit the corporation last month.
'BBC1 and BBC2 showing the same thing,' Mr McCoy, formerly of the News at One, said. 'And presumably the News Channel too. Why? I know this is a huge event. But surely the public deserve a choice of programming?'
Others called the coverage 'hysterical', 'unhinged' and akin to North Korea. One person complained it was 'over the top' and 'utterly ridiculous', while another claimed there was 'no need whatsoever to suspend programming'.
The BBC declined to comment when approached by MailOnline. Earlier it had explained: 'With the sad news that HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has died, there is now special coverage across all BBC networks to mark his life of extraordinary public service and planned scheduling has been suspended.'
The much-anticipated MasterChef final, which was due to air on BBC One at 8.30pm, did not air, while the programme aired a special show called HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Remembered after the Six O'Clock News. That was followed by A Tribute to HRH Duke of Edinburgh at 9pm before the BBC News at Ten.
The tribute programme will be repeated at 11.30pm. BBC Two will mirror BBC One with the notable exception of Newsnight from 10.45 to 11.30pm. BBC Four is suspended tomorrow while Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live will continue with special programming reflecting the life of the royal.