The BBC’s Diamond Jubilee coverage branded “mind-numbingly tedious.” Was it?

As of course you can’t fail to know, unless you’re headless and live in a land far, far away, today – and the three days preceding it – is all about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee…

There has of course been almost wall-to-wall coverage of the various events that’ve taken place all around the country to celebrate the occasion, however, yesterday’s coverage by the BBC of the River Thames pageant has been branded “mind-numbingly tedious” by comedian Stephen Fry.

Of the BBC’s coverage, which was dogged by technical problems, Stephen wrote, “Has the BBC ever presented a more mind-numbingly tedious programme in its history?”

He then added, “Don’t get me wrong peeps, I’m not saying this in relation to ER II’s jubilee – just expected better of the beeb…”

However, while some of Stephen’s Twitter followers begged to differ, his thoughts were echoed by Kevin Marsh, the former editor of the Today programme and The World at One.

He wrote, “Am I being over-critical or is the BBC commentary lamentable?”

The Daily Mirror report that he later added, “Why cut away from Queenie’s River Pageant to watch that mindless Tess Daly nonsense… scarcely credible.”
Meanwhile, one viewer tweeted, “BBC’s coverage of the jubilee is awful! Bad camera angles and bad presenting. Sky much better.”

And another wrote, “Are the BBC trying to be quaint and ‘British’ with their p*** awful coverage?”

And Tory MP Rob Wilson wrote, “Seems we all agree on terrible BBC coverage. Low grade, celebrity driven drivel. How did Beeb get it so wrong?”

However, the BBC defended its coverage with a spokesman saying, “We’re very proud of the quality and breadth of the BBC’s coverage of this extraordinary event.”

But what do you reckon? Was it p**s poor or was it the best that could be done allowing for the pants weather which may have affected some technical aspects?

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.