Half of British people think TV coverage of the Queen's death has been too much

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Members of the public in The Prince Harry Pub, Windsor, watching a broadcast of King Charles III first address to the nation. (PA)
Members of the public in The Prince Harry Pub, Windsor, watching a broadcast of King Charles III first address to the nation. (PA)

Just under half the British population thinks the media coverage of the Queen's death has been "too much," a new poll has found.

In the question sent out by YouGov, members of the public were asked: "When it comes to media coverage of the death of the Queen, do you think it has been too much, too little, or about right?"

Some 49% of people said it had been "too much", with 41% saying it was "about right," 8% said they didn't know and just 2% said there had been "too little."

Normal programming was suspended on most British TV channels when the Queen died on 8 September, with special news coverage dominating the rest of the day.

Since then the BBC, ITV and Sky News have had regular extended news programmes running throughout the day that have forced normal TV programmes to be rescheduled.

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The media coverage of the Queen's death has been nearly constant. (PA)
The media coverage of the Queen's death has been nearly constant. (PA)

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Almost all news coverage has been about the death of the Queen and the ascension of King Charles.

This has resulted in other key news stories like the cost-of-living crisis, the war in Ukraine and the NHS backlog only getting minor coverage.

When broken down by region people 55% of people in Scotland said there had been too much coverage, while this fell to 46% of people in Wales and the Midlands.

Men were more likely to say there had been too much coverage at 53% compared to 45% of women.

The biggest divide came with politics, with 60% of Labour voters saying there had been too much compared to 40% for Conservatives.

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The extensive media coverage is expected to continue for the rest of the week and weekend culminating on Monday with the Queen's funeral.

The State Funeral of the Queen is one of the biggest events the UK has hosted in decades, with hundreds of foreign leaders expected to attend.

A detailed plan covering the departure of the Queen's coffin from Westminster Hall, to the service at Westminster Abbey and its final journey and burial in Windsor has been released.

It is likely media coverage will be constant from as early as 6am until the Queen is buried around 7.30pm.