In a statement, the BBC was forced to address the change in television programming on the evening of Christian Eriksen’s collapse at Euro 2020 after viewers complained.
On June 12, the broadcaster was showing the game between Denmark and Finland, when Danish star Eriksen collapsed on the pitch after suffering cardiac arrest. The 29-year-old has since been released from the hospital.
At the time UEFA announced that the Group B game was suspended due to a “medical emergency”.
It was later confirmed that Eriksen’s condition was stable in the hospital and the game was able to resume, but the night’s TV schedule had to be changed accordingly.
Responding to complaints to the broadcaster, after Pointless and Casualty’s slots were affected due to the sudden change in programming following the footballer’s medical emergency on the pitch, the BBC defended its decision.
In a statement this week he said: “In this case, due to Christian Eriksen’s collapse in the first half, the rest of the Denmark-Finland game was shown later than expected. The BBC is committed to covering these matches, and their programming is often beyond our control.
“This means that some of our shows, like Pointless and Casualty, aired a little earlier than expected, and others, like The Hit List Celebrity Special and The Wall, were taken off the lineup.”
The BBC has said it appreciates “that last minute schedule changes can be frustrating,” it tries to keep them “to a minimum” by “also alerting viewers to changes using continuity announcers and on-screen graphics where possible ”.
In addition to programming criticism, the broadcaster has also received more than 6,000 complaints about its coverage of the Eriksen collapse.
The cameras remained on the footballer as he received CPR, and his partner and teammates, who were crying, were also caught on camera.
At the time, viewers criticized the BBC for not cutting the heartbreaking footage, with the broadcaster then responding to the thousands of complaints it had received.
“Everyone at the BBC is hoping Christian Eriksen makes a full recovery,” the response reads.
“We apologize to all those who were upset by the images broadcast. In the stadium, the coverage is controlled by UEFA as the host broadcaster, and as soon as the game was suspended we took our coverage off the air as quickly as possible. ‘
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