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Prince Philip dies: BBC One schedules six hours of funeral coverage

Prince Philip dies: BBC One schedules six hours of funeral coverage
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BBC One will hand over six hours of its schedule to coverage of Prince Philip's funeral on Saturday.

BBC One will turn over six hours of its schedule to coverage of the funeral of Prince Philip on Saturday.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, died last Friday and in response, BBC One and BBC Two turned over their schedules to rolling news, with the former broadcasting non-stop coverage for more than 24 hours straight.

The level of coverage prompted around 110,000 complaints from angry viewers, although the BBC has since defended its output as being proportionate to the significance of the death of The Queen's husband.

The funeral will be held at around 3pm on Saturday, although BBC One's coverage will begin at 10am with an hour of BBC News focused on the build-up to the service.

At 11am the channel will rerun The Duke: In His Own Words, a programme that sees Philip discuss his love of Windsor, where he spent much of his life.

Huw Edwards will anchor the main coverage of the funeral, starting at 12.30pm and running to 4.20pm.

BBC Two will maintain a normal schedule for most of the day, with a roundup programme presented by Edwards airing from 8.10pm to 9.10pm.

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