Cricket fans furious at BBC for "over the top" reaction to Prince Philip’s death

Cricket fans were left furious at the BBC for their "totally over the top" reaction to the death of Prince Philip.

The Prince, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, passed away on Friday at the age of 99.

His loss prompted tributes on social media, while the BBC broke from their scheduled programming across their digital and online platforms to cover the news.

Such a decision to diverge from timetabled programming is standard practice following the death of a royal, in particular one so closely connected with the Queen.

But cricket fans following the start of the new County Championship season on local radio were furious with the BBC's decision, labelling it an "over the top reaction".

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One wrote: "Obviously this is all very sad, but is it necessary for the BBC to use all the radio stations to broadcast this? I’ve been waiting for the county cricket season to start for ages and happily listening to the Essex v Worcs game and now all I’m getting is this".

While another added: "Well the BBC have taken off the online cricket commentary so that’s the first thing" and "The video is still going on YouTube but apparently the BBC commentary isn’t allowed because of you know what".

A third commented: "Seriously? Live page and radio commentaries stopped? This is totally over the top".

However, it emerged the message to come off air didn't get through to all broadcasters, meaning a handful were left broadcasting to an audience of zero while their feeds were pulled.

County Championship organisers later announced there would be "a minute's silence, black armbands and flags at half-mast ahead of the afternoon session across all county cricket today."

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