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BBC flooded with complaints over 'too much coverage' of Caroline Flack's death
The BBC has been flooded with more than 100 complaints after it gave ‘too much coverage’ to Caroline Flack’s death.
Caroline, 40, took her own life on 15 February after a friend who was staying with her had just ‘popped to the shops’, briefly leaving her alone in the flat she had been staying in.
According to the website, it received several complaints from viewers ‘who felt there was too much news coverage of the death of TV presenter, Caroline Flack’.
While the BBC hasn’t revealed the number of complaints they have received, Metro.co.uk understands they will have received more than 100 from viewers.
The website states that it only responds to complaints of a ‘wide audience concern which have either generated significant numbers of complaints or raised significant issues’.
The BBC has since defended its coverage after releasing a statement that reads: ‘We believe this was a considerable and newsworthy story, given Caroline Flack’s notable career in the media industry, and the circumstances leading up to her tragic and sudden death.
‘We recognise that not everyone will agree with the decisions taken by our news editors, but would stress other major stories were also given prominence including Storm Dennis and coronavirus.’
The complaints come after Caroline’s assault case was formally closed by the Crown Prosecution Service 10 days after her death.
The Love Island host was previously arrested for assault following an argument with her boyfriend, Lewis Burton.
The 40-year-old had always denied the assault claims, and her family has since released an Instagram post that she was advised not to share before her death.
A spokesperson for the CPS confirmed to The Sun that they had closed the case 10 days after her death.
It is not the first time the BBC has been hit with complaints about their coverage.
Earlier this month it also received more than 100 complaints about their coverage of the deaths of basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter.
Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna lost their lives in a helicopter crash on 26 January, alongside seven other victims.