BBC defends 'lengthy' Whitney funeral coverage

Wednesday February 22, 2012

The BBC has defended its coverage of Whitney Houston's funeral on its news channel following complaints from viewers.

The broadcaster said it recognised that "the duration of the coverage was too long for some viewers".

But it said that the "significant interest" in the star's death was reflected in the viewing figures for the channel's coverage of the four hour service.

The BBC, which received 118 complaints, said: "We are sorry if this wasn't to the satisfaction of all our viewers but it is part of the news channel function to be there when major stories take place, and we felt that this was such an occasion."

Actor Kevin Costner, who starred with the tragic star in The Bodyguard, fought back tears as he gave a moving eulogy.

former husband Bobby Brown walked out of the service, designed to be a celebration of her life and career.

Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, R Kelly and a host of gospel stars performed at Saturday's service at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey.

Photo: © Getty

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