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The ABC 'reviews' claims it spent too much time on the Queen's death

The ABC is set to revise its coverage of the Queen's death after one of its veteran reporters slammed the public broadcaster for

The ABC is set to revise its coverage of the Queen’s death after one of its veteran reporters criticized the public broadcaster for “misinterpreting” its audience with wall-to-wall reporting.

Members of YourSpace, the ABC’s online viewer feedback platform, have been asked for their thoughts on the 10 days of coverage following the death of Elizabeth II ahead of her funeral.

They were asked on Friday whether the ABC spent “too much time”, “just enough time” or “didn’t spend enough time” covering the Queen’s death, reports The Australian.

The ABC is set to revise its coverage of the Queen's death after one of its veteran reporters slammed the public broadcaster for

The ABC is set to revise its coverage of the Queen’s death after one of its veteran reporters criticized the public broadcaster for ‘misinterpreting’ its audience with wall-to-wall reporting

Viewers were also asked to rate programs relating to the Queen’s death and funeral out of ten and give their overall impression of the coverage.

The survey also included questions about whether viewers watched coverage on the online streaming platform iview, whether they watched live news, and whether they interacted with content on YouTube pages and CBA Facebook.

In the days following the death of the UK’s longest-reigning monarch, the ABC was criticized for its ‘excessive’ coverage and sending 29 journalists to the UK for the funeral, despite the broadcast from the BBC stream during the main event.

Local radio hosts Richard Glover, Virginia Trioli and Rafael Epstein were among the presenters sent to London alongside TV stars Michael Rowland and Lisa Millar.

In the days following the death of the UK's longest-reigning monarch, the ABC has come under fire for its coverage

In the days following the death of the UK’s longest-reigning monarch, the ABC was criticized for its ‘excessive’ coverage and sending 29 journalists to the UK for the funeral, despite the broadcast from the BBC stream during the main event. (Picture: ABC hosts Michael Rowland and Lisa Millar)

ABC’s live broadcast from Westminster Abbey attracted 708,000 viewers, while 362,000 tuned in to watch ABC News coverage.

Former political reporter and longtime ABC host Barrie Cassidy said the network erred and failed to pay attention to its audience by airing nearly uninterrupted coverage of the Queen’s death.

“I suspect the ABC has misinterpreted its audience. If you want wall-to-wall royalty, you can get it elsewhere in spades,” Mr Cassidy said.

“The ABC is best when it offers an alternative to populism.”

On Friday, members of YourSpace, the ABC's online viewer feedback platform, were asked if the ABC had passed

On Friday, members of YourSpace, the ABC’s online viewer feedback platform, were asked if the ABC spent “too much time”, “just enough time” or “didn’t haven’t spent enough time” covering up the queen’s death. (Pictured: The Queen’s coffin carried to Westminster Abbey)

Lucy Turnbull, the wife of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and former mayor of Sydney, also criticized the cover.

“The saturation of media coverage diminishes (paradoxically) the significance of these historic events,” she tweeted. “Enough of early story drafts already.”

Ellen Fanning, host of The Drum on ABC, was among those who defended the cover.

“He was our head of state. The fact that she lives in London necessitates traveling there,” she said.

“If you find it odd that our head of state lives in London, that’s something Australians will have to sort out in the months and years to come,” she added.

The taxpayer-funded broadcaster broke the news of Her Majesty’s death at Balmoral in the early hours of September 9.

The ABC then released a statement explaining that special programming would be organized to celebrate the life of Queen Elizabeth II.

“Over the next few days and weeks, the ABC will have dedicated teams covering UK events, including the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and activities around the accession of King Charles III,” reads the press release.

Longtime ABC host Barrie Cassidy (pictured) says the network erred and failed to pay attention to its audience by airing near-nonstop coverage of the Queen's death.

Longtime ABC host Barrie Cassidy (pictured) says the network erred and failed to pay attention to its audience by airing near-nonstop coverage of the Queen’s death.

‘I suspect the ABC misinterpreted their audience. If you want wall-to-wall royalty you can get it elsewhere in spades,’ Mr Cassidy tweeted.

The controversy comes just a year after the broadcaster was criticized for interrupting an episode of Vera to announce the death of Prince Philip.

The broadcaster has received 435 complaints over a news bulletin interrupting a repeat of the British drama to announce that the Duke of Edinburgh had died aged 99.

A network spokesperson said: ‘ABC’s special Friday night coverage of Prince Philip’s death meant interrupting ABC TV’s scheduled broadcast of a rehearsal of Vera, which is now available to watch on ABC iview and will be rebroadcast on ABC TV this Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

“The ABC received a relatively low number of 435 complaints about its overall coverage, more than three-quarters of which relate to Vera’s interruption.

“Other complaints were about other issues, such as the length of our coverage.”

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