…By Joseph Benjamin for TDPel Media.
The total number of complaints made to Ofcom about the King’s Coronation has exceeded 8,000, with an additional 137 new complaints recently filed by viewers across the UK.
This brings the total number of complaints to 8,389.
Global Audience Tuned In for the Coronation Weekend
The coronation coverage took place over the weekend of Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7, attracting royal fans from around the world who eagerly watched Queen Elizabeth’s son officially become the King of England.
BBC One’s Coronation Concert Draws Attention
On Sunday, BBC One aired the Coronation concert to celebrate King Charles.
The concert featured renowned performers such as Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Olly Murs, who entertained a large audience at Windsor Castle, including members of the royal family.
Majority of Complaints Relate to Adjoa Andoh’s Comments
The majority of the 137 new complaints were directed at comments made by Adjoa Andoh during the Coronation coverage.
Ofcom’s spokesperson stated that these complaints were included in the previous reports, contributing to the overall count of 8,389 complaints.
Controversial Comments and Backlash
Adjoa Andoh, known for her role as Lady Danbury in Bridgerton, faced significant backlash after making comments about the Royal Family during King Charles’ Coronation coverage.
The actress expressed that she did not intend to cause offense and stated that her observation about the “terribly white” Buckingham Palace balcony was not meant to upset anyone.
Extensive Coverage and Prince Andrew’s Appearance Draw Criticism
Complaints were also lodged concerning the continuous coverage of the King’s Coronation across multiple channels throughout the entire weekend.
Additionally, Prince Andrew’s presence at the historic event prompted further complaints from viewers.
Television Schedule and Channel 4’s Alternative Approach
The Coronation ceremony was broadcast live on BBC One, BBC Two, and BBC iPlayer, with coverage starting as early as 7:30 in the morning.
The Celebration program followed at 1:00 PM on BBC One and BBC Two, with sign language availability on BBC Two.
The Coronation Concert aired at 8:00 PM from Windsor Castle on multiple platforms, including BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2, and BBC Sounds.
ITV also provided extensive coverage, beginning with a special edition of Good Morning Britain at 6:00 AM.
ITV1 and ITVX aired six and a half hours of uninterrupted live coverage from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM.
Channel 4, however, took a different approach and intentionally offered an alternative to the grandeur of the Coronation events, aiming to provide an escape from the pomp and ceremony that dominated elsewhere.