The death of Queen Elizabeth’s husband of over 70 years, Prince Philip, has generated more Australian press reports than any “celebrity” death in the past year, research shows, and eclipsed the weekend’s coverage of the vaccine rollout in the country.
UK national broadcaster BBC canceled its regular programming on Friday (UK time) to broadcast special coverage by presenters, but received so many complaints about the uninterrupted updates that it had to create a site page Special web for viewers to voice concerns about the amount of TV coverage devoted to bereavement.
In Australia, the local media devoted much of their weekend programming to news.
Data from the media monitoring service Streem shows that a total of 2,303 media articles were created about Philip’s death between April 10 and 11. By comparison, 843 articles on television, radio and newspapers concerned the deployment of the vaccine.
Streem’s media analyst Conal Hanna said Philip’s death generated more coverage in Australian media than any other “celebrity” death in the past 12 months.
“Prince Philip’s death has distracted attention from the vaccine rollout, which dominated the news cycle last week,” he said. “On the weekend there were about three times as many media stories about Philip as the vaccine rollout.
“And looking at the importance of stories online, Philip’s death spent four times as much time on top of major news sites as the immunization program. It is the largest media coverage generated by a death in the past 12 months, ahead of cricketer Dean Jones and football superstar Diego Maradona.
ABC News broke its regular Friday night broadcast schedule to announce the passing and aired extensive coverage over the weekend on Philip’s life, replacing its regular schedule with shows such as “When Phillip Met Prince Philip “- a documentary made in 2016.
Nine News provided dedicated death coverage through its newsletter and flagship programs A topical matter and Today. Nine TV hosts, Rebecca Maddern and Richard Wilkins, hosted ‘royal experts’, including royal journalists Camilla Tominey and Victoria Murphy’s commentator, Dickie Arbiter, on Saturday to discuss the news and a special 90’s newsletter. minutes broadcast in the late afternoon. A topical matter aired an hour-long episode hosted by Leila McKinnon to remember Philip’s life before a feature documentary aired at 8 p.m. Neuf is the owner of The Sydney Morning Herald and Age.