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BBC has been hit by over 100,000 complaints over their extensive coverage of Prince Philip's death last week.

After news of the Duke of Edinburgh's death broke on Friday afternoon, the broadcaster cancelled their pre-arranged schedule for the evening.

Instead, over the next 24 hours on BBC television and radio channels, a series of features dedicated to Prince Philip's life were broadcast.

The schedule shake-up meant shows like the Masterchef finale were cancelled in favour of the tributes, which chronicled his life and legacy.

The One Show and EastEnders were also cut from the schedule, replaced by the specially commissioned film Prince Philip: Duke Of Edinburgh and the documentary Prince Philip: A Royal Life.

Unfortunately, the decision left a number of viewers unhappy, with the BBC receiving thousands of complaints in the days that followed.

The broadcaster set up a dedicated page for handling registered complaints from viewers following the onslaught of calls.

A message on the BBC website read: "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."

However, the BBC took down the online complaints form on April 12, with the link to the page now reading: "Sorry, this page isn’t available."

Viewers also took to Twitter to complain about the "wall to wall" coverage of Prince Philip's death, while others felt it was a deserved tribute to the late Royal.

Taking to Twitter, one viewer remarked: "If we had extended news and special programmes I might have watched them.

"But wall to wall coverage for a non developing story is ridiculous."

However, another disagreed, suggesting it was right for the BBC to dedicate the 24-hour period to Prince Philip's memory.

The BBC should absolutely broadcast non-stop coverage commemorating the death of Prince Phillip… on a single channel," they argued.

"In my opinion the other channels should continue 'business as usual'.

"Some programming may be inappropriate and need to be replaced / rescheduled."

Announcing their decision to alter their coverage in light of Prince Philip's death last week, a BBC spokesperson said: “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.”

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