Diamond Jubilee: BBC blasted again amid backlash over ‘ruined’ fireworks display

  • Paloma Faith also shows off a solar-powered model of the Queen and Monarch-shaped ice cream scoop during bizarre royal memorabilia section
  • Twitter user writes BBC should find the person responsible and ‘sack them’
  • Incident happened as Sky broadcast remarkable scenes of build-up at Admiralty Arch
  • Comes amid fierce criticism that BBC ruined incredible Diamond Jubilee Concert firework display by running programme credits over it
  • Rushed ending to spectacular show was to make way for Euro 2012 advert
  • And it all looked like it was going so well when Huw Edwards was called in to save the day…

By
Katherine Faulkner and Inderdeep Bains

11:33 EST, 5 June 2012

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17:32 EST, 5 June 2012

The BBC’s jubilee coverage continued to infuriate viewers during yesterday’s Royal Procession.

The focal point of anger was a segment in which presenter Fearne Cotton showed a sick-bag adorned with the Queen’s face.

The moment – called ‘shameful’ by disappointed viewers – happened after the Corporation had already faced widespread criticism for ‘dumbing down’ the celebrations.

Beeb slammed: Fearne Cotton and Paloma Faith upset the Great British viewing public by discussing tacky Jubilee merchandise on air

Beeb slammed: Fearne Cotton and Paloma Faith upset the Great British viewing public by discussing tacky Jubilee merchandise on air

Bizarre: Fearne Cotton and Paloma Faith discuss Diamond Jubilee sick bags on air this afternoon

Bizarre: Fearne Cotton and Paloma Faith discuss Diamond Jubilee sick bags on BBC TV this afternoon

During Sunday’s River Pageant many complained the BBC devoted too much time to ‘inane’ stunts and interviews with celebrities.

Despite the outcry, the broadcaster again dedicated huge segments of its coverage yesterday to similar segments.

Last night the social networking site Twitter was deluged with viewers lambasting the BBC for failing yet again to reflect the gravity of the historic event.

Anna, from Bristol, wrote: ‘Congratulations to ITV for a brilliant job, they knew when to let the pictures speak for themselves.

‘The BBC showed yet more talking heads and ghastly set-ups and missed some fantastic pictures.

There should be a review of this before the Olympics.’

'Respect and knowledge': Huw Edwards leads the coverage of the St Paul's Service from outside Buckingham Palace today

‘Respect and knowledge’: Huw Edwards leads the coverage of the St Paul’s Service from outside Buckingham Palace today

Royal coverage: Fiona Bruce reports on the day's events from outside Westminster on the BBC

Royal coverage: Fiona Bruce reports on the day’s events from outside Westminster on the BBC

The item that came in for most criticism featured Miss Cotton discussing a jubilee sick-bag with singer Paloma Faith.

After being asked by Miss Cotton whether she had had ‘a lovely jubilee weekend’, the singer seized the opportunity to plug her new album.

The pair then went on to discuss a number of bizarre items of jubilee memorabilia, including jelly moulds shaped like the Queen’s face; a high-visibility vest bearing the words ‘High Viz, Diamond Liz’; and, finally, a sick-bag bearing an image of the Queen.

Holding the bag, Miss Faith explained: ‘Then, if you’ve eaten too much, you can just vomit into a jubilee sick-bag.’

Miss Cotton replied: ‘Lovely, isn’t that just lovely? And you can choose your colour, red or blue, it’s up to you.’

The presenter, 30, last night congratulated herself and colleagues on ‘seven hours of spotless TV’.

But viewers were less impressed – saying she was ‘out of her depth’, ‘irritating’ and ‘sycophantic’.
Nick Serpell – who himself writes for the BBC – wrote: ‘The bizarre sight of Fearne Cotton examining jubilee sick-bags had me reaching for one of my own.’

Live coverage: BBC newsreader Simon McCoy reports on today's Jubilee events from outside Buckingham Palace as the Corporation gave the day the gravitas it deserves

Live coverage: BBC newsreader Simon McCoy reports on today’s Jubilee events from outside Buckingham Palace as the Corporation gave the day the gravitas it deserves

Lottie, from Hertfordshire, wrote: ‘Wish people would stop giving Fearne Cotton presenting jobs’, while Jean from Blackpool wrote: ‘Fearne Cotton was a disgrace – AGAIN.

Throughout the weekend I have simply wanted to watch the jubilee events. Why must the coverage be constantly interrupted by dreadful interviews?’

Other presenters also came in for censure for offering more ‘inane’ commentary, instead of providing a proper historical narrative.

Presenter Chris Hollins was seen asking a woman waving a Canadian flag which country she had come from.

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Viewers also fumed that Mr Hollins, who was presenting coverage of the royal procession from the Mall, and fellow presenter Jake Humphrey had not even bothered to wear a tie for the occasion.

On the BBC News Channel, reporter Philippa Thomas asked a member of the crowd in The Mall how they felt to see ‘a very old lady in a carriage’.

As the royals arrived at St Paul’s yesterday, the Duchess of Gloucester was referred to as Princess Michael of Kent.

Even veteran presenter Huw Edwards also came in for censure after commenting: ‘Even the unemployed would be having fun here.’ 

Expert analysis: Simon Schama who appeared on screen during today's coverage

Expert analysis: Simon Schama who appeared on screen during today’s coverage

It comes after a series of gaffes in its earlier coverage of the weekend’s events.

A fashion expert, discussing the royal headgear on Sunday, said that the Duchess of Cambridge’s hat was made by the same milliner who ‘made Nelson’s hat for Waterloo’.

This went uncorrected despite the fact that Admiral Lord Nelson died at Trafalgar, ten years before the Battle of Waterloo.

At other points the Coronation date was given as 1952 rather than 1953, while the Duke of Edinburgh who is 90, was said to be 92.

The
Corporation’s coverage of the Thames river pageant was described as
‘celebrity-driven drivel’ as One Show host Matt Baker came in for heavy
criticism.

The former Blue Peter presenter, who
appeared alongside Sophie Raworth, was described as ‘unprepared,
ill-informed and patronising’ during the coverage on Sunday afternoon.

But today viewers said on Twitter that the BBC’s St Paul’s coverage was much better – and appropriate for such a historic event.

Respected
historian Mr Shama provided detailed and in-depth commentary on the
historic event as he spoke with Huw Edwards on-screen.

Newsreaders Fiona Bruce and Sophie
Raworth were among the team of reporters covering the church service led
by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

There was also much vitriol on Twitter and other comment boards over the BBC’s odd decision to roll credits over the end of the spectacular Diamond Jubilee Concert firework display.

Rather than letting the breathtaking show run, editors opted to rush out the credits.

Sick bag: Fearne Cotton and Paloma Faith for the BBC show off the tacky memorabilia which include a solar-powered model of the Queen and a Monarch-shaped ice cream scoop

Sick bag: Fearne Cotton and Paloma Faith for the BBC show off the tacky memorabilia which include a solar-powered model of the Queen and a Monarch-shaped ice cream scoop

Remarkable: Fearne and Paloma discuss sick bags just days after the BBC were criticised for their 'inane' Jubilee broadcasting

Remarkable: Fearne and Paloma discuss sick bags just days after the BBC were criticised for their ‘inane’ Jubilee broadcasting


Under fire: Twitter users complained that the BBC had 'no shame' as they showed this bizarre feature in the run-up to historic events

Under fire: Twitter users complained that the BBC had ‘no shame’ as they showed this bizarre feature in the run-up to historic events

It appears the corporation was in a rush to show an advert for Euro 2012.

One
Twitter user, Nicola Kettell, said: ‘Is a 4 minute fireworks display
too much for BBC One? Have tried to watch it twice now, only it is
obliterated by credits…’

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Another,
Richard Brabner, said: ‘BBC coverage of the #diamondjubilee has been
lamentable, culminating in rolling the credits before the spectacular
fireworks were concluded.’

However, viewer Natalie Watson wrote on
Twitter: ‘At least the BBC have got Huw Edwards doing the commentary
today – a broadcaster showing the respect and knowledge of the event.’

Stuart Norris, another viewer, Tweeted: ‘Huw Edwards is the king of royal broadcasting’.

Matthew Hillman wrote: ‘Huw Edwards and Fiona Bruce are class acts’.


It all started so well: Huw Edwards prevents sombre and serious coverage of the Thanksgiving service for the Queen at St Paul's this morning

It all started so well: Huw Edwards prevents sombre and serious coverage of the Thanksgiving service for the Queen at St Paul’s this morning

The praise was in stark contrast to Sunday when Stephen Fry led the criticism and accused the BBC of presenting the most ‘mind-numbingly tedious programme in its history’.

Other
viewers said the show’s presenters should have ‘shut up’ and shown the
boats rather than cutting to seemingly endless interviews and features.

The
production team were criticised for cutting away from the flotilla at
key moments, including the opening of Tower Bridge, after producer Ben
Weston, 41, was plucked from relative obscurity to lead four days of
Diamond Jubilee coverage.

Mr Weston said he wanted to bring a
‘lighter touch’ to the coverage of the River Pageant or as viewers have
termed it, ‘dumbing down’.

Today he defended Sunday’s broadcast in an interview with BBC Radio 5 – and said they wanted to bring the pageant to life.

He said said: ‘We did our best on an extraordinarily technically complicated broadcast in abject difficult weather.’

'Tedious': Matt Baker and Sophie Raworth front the BBC's coverage of the River pageant on Sunday

‘Tedious’: Matt Baker and Sophie Raworth anchor the BBC’s coverage of the River pageant on Sunday

In defending the
editorial decisions he said he had a choice either to just ‘point and
shoot’ the event or ‘try and bring it to life’.

He added: ‘We
didn’t just want to reflect what was happening on the boats and the
beautiful sight of the boats, we wanted to reflect all the colour and
the celebration going on in those parks as well.’

The commentary team were accused of not knowing enough about the
individual boats. Poor weather caused a number of technical problems
with the sound cutting out during musical performances.

Overseas broadcasters who received the BBC’s footage but added their own commentary criticised the coverage openly on air.

Viewers
compared presenters such as Radio 1’s Fearne Cotton, Strictly Come
Dancing star Tess Daly and One Show frontman Matt Baker unfavourably
against the corporation’s more traditional ‘big event’ presenters, and
Richard Dimbleby’s memorable commentary on the 1953 Coronation.

The
legendary broadcaster’s son Jonathan Tweeted: ‘Dire reaction to BBC
coverage of another great event. Am asked whether bigwigs have lost the
plot. Good question to Any Questions.’

Sorry, wrong name: Fearne Cotton addressed a war veteran called John as Jim durign one interview

Sorry, wrong name: Fearne Cotton addressed a war veteran called John as Jim during one interview on Sunday

Criticism: Tess Daly reports on the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on Sunday which led to a Twitter backlash

Criticism: Tess Daly reports on the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on Sunday which led to a Twitter backlash

Blustery: Claire Balding reports from a boat on the Thames on Sunday - she was one of the few presenters praised for her on screen efforts

Blustery: Claire Balding reports from a boat on the Thames on Sunday – she was one of the few presenters praised for her on screen efforts

Despite the problems, an estimated 10.3million people tuned into the coverage – with viewing figures peaking at 11.9million.

Countless viewers
took to Twitter to criticise the standard of coverage, with most
complaints focused on the presenting team, and it became one of the most
popular topics on the messaging site.

In a series of
Twitter messages, BBC Two presenter Mr Fry said: ‘HRH The Queen, said the first ignorant presenter. HRH? 

‘But, dear me, this
is eggier and cheesier than a collapsed souffle. Deeply embarrassing.
Everyone is telling me that Sky’s coverage is better.

‘Don’t get me wrong peeps, I’m not saying this in relation to ER II’s jubilee – just expected better of the Beeb.’ 

‘It’s because I am an old sentimentalist that I expect better of the nation’s broadcaster.’
Comedian Julian Clary added simply: ‘Please make it stop. #bbcjubilee.’

Tory MP for Reading East, Rob Wilson, joined the voices condemning the BBC’s jubilee reporting.

He wrote: ‘Seems we all agree on terrible BBC coverage. Low grade, celebrity driven drivel. How did Beeb get it so wrong?’

Another damning
posting from the politician read: ‘Which is worse, the heavy rain
falling on the flotilla along the Thames or the BBC’s dreadful coverage
of this Royal Jubilee event?’

Austin Mitchell, Labour MP for Great Grimsby, summed up the coverage in similarly disparaging terms.

‘One hated Thames
Armada. No Navy left so hordes of tatty boats. Queen freezing, BBC 5Live
and TV commentary pathetic. A disgrace,’ he wrote.

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Why these silly girls like Fearne, Tess an Paloma when you have so many talents in the UK?
As for the BBC, once a great name but not anymore.

The BBC is the sick bag. I watched Sky fronted by two Irishmen who knew their stuff, some fine presenter ladies who engaged with the crowds who had been camping out in the parks day and night, and some wonderful shots of the military bands in all their splendour and glory that really summed up the spirit of the British people, and those of the flags of many nations of the Commonwealth. My cup of pride spilled over. I hope that our Prime Minister took it all in and is now prepared to put Britain and the Commonwealth back where it belongs, at the top of the tree., not languishing at the bottom. Our Queen showed us how in her strength how to deal with adversity by continuing as if nothing happened in spit of her husband lying ill in hospital. The crowd felt and responded with the cheers. Bulldog spirit. God bless her, Philip and our Royal Family.

BBC…=….SHAMBLES…………could not get anything right.

That is the BBC out of touch with everyone except it’s own ‘Luvvy’ crowd. To hell with the licence payers.

The royal sick bag – sums it up quite well.

HOW CAN THE BBC HAVE GOT IT SO WRONG?
We eventually switched over to ITV where we got “exactly what you’d expect on the tin” from Phillip Scofield. Balance.

`Fearne Cotton can hardly speak English.`……… So much for Tony Blair`s “Education, Education, Education,” then.

Sky’s Eamon Holmes was the worst of the lot. He was sour faced, sat with his hands in his pockets, seemed totally dis-interested and made the occasion about him, with his dull opinions. When the BBC coverage came on I quickly switched.

The Coverage by the BBC of the weekend was horrendous, no presenter is more important than our great Statesman, HM The Queen, a fact the BBC cannot get right, as Sovereign, she is Her Majesty, surely the BBC commentator should be sent to the Tower for that? Where was David Dimbleby, he is the voice of these great state occasions, knowledgable and solemn. The other BBC presenters are inexperienced presenters from Children’s Television. No professionalism at all! there should have been no interviews with ‘celebs’ and the focus should have been entirely with HM The Queen and the people that turned out in their millions to see her on this memorable occasion. On Monday, Lenny Henry’s decision to cut Rolf Harris off mid song, was disgusting, The Royal Family in its entirety had joined in with ‘Two Little Boys’ a respectful entertainer, would have left Rolf to finish, as he was an important act, and had far more reason to be there than Will.I.am who cant sing! BBC – a disgrace to the nation!!

Use the BBC website to complain. It takes about 3 minutes and is dead easy to navigate. They should be kept busy….

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