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Diamond Jubilee: More Than 2000 Viewers Complain About 'Inane' BBC Coverage

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Viewers have complained about the Diamond Jubilee TV coverage | PA

The BBC has received more than 2,000 complaints about its coverage of the Diamond Jubilee.

It drew stinging criticism during the River Pageant broadcast with viewers attacking its "inane" commentary, camera angles and sound quality.

The corporation also came under fire for its coverage of yesterday's events, with one section where Fearne Cotton and Paloma Faith discussed a Jubilee-themed sickbag being singled out for criticism.

A BBC spokesman said it had received 2,425 complaints, while a former executive said it "tried too hard" to make its coverage of the River Pageant "informal" and "inclusive".

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Former Radio 4 controller Mark Damazer told the Today programme the BBC was "worried and nervous" about appearing too formal.

He said: "I don't think this is going to be the BBC's Bafta Award winning entry next year but all that went wrong was a very conscious attempt, I think, to make the whole event informal and, to use the modern idiom, inclusive and warm and the BBC just probably tried too hard to do it."

The criticism does not seem to have had an adverse effect on viewing figures with an average audience of 10.3 million people watching the pageant broadcast.

The audience for the Diamond Jubilee Concert peaked at 17 million, making it the most watched programme of the year, and Tuesday's carriage procession was seen by a peak of 7.4 million.

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