On the April 18 edition of his BBC One show the presenter made a series of ‘off the cuff’ comments about the death of the Duke of Edinburgh which attracted viewer criticism.
Speaking the morning after during the paper review section of the show, Andrew said: ‘I say to anyone who is not interested in yesterday’s funeral, two things.
‘First, you’re wrong. There’s a lot to reflect on and a lot to learn. And second, avoid the Sunday papers.’
In a statement on its website, the BBC addressed the complaints levelled at the broadcaster after the remarks.
‘We received complaints from people unhappy with a comment Andrew Marr made during the paper review,’ the statement said.
It continued: ‘Andrew Marr’s off the cuff remarks were highlighting the extensive newspaper coverage of the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh and the fact this was an important national occasion watched by millions of people.
‘His comments were certainly not intended to cause offence but to acknowledge too that some people are not interested in Royal coverage.’
The Duke of Edinburgh was buried beneath St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday, April 17, with 11 million people tuning in to watch the coverage on the BBC alone.
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