BBC confirms altered TV schedule in wake of Queen Elizabeth II's death
The BBC has confirmed its altered schedule for the day after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The broadcaster has confirmed that BBC One will air blanket coverage of the Queen’s death until 6.30pm on Friday, with a series of BBC News specials.
BBC Two has also faced changes to the schedule, and while the channel is not broadcasting blanket coverage of the Queen, it has also amended planned programming for the day.
The BBC had suspended its regular programming from lunchtime on Thursday after it was announced that there were concerns about the monarch’s health.
Buckingham Palace released a statement explaining: ‘Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision.
‘The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.’
Queen Elizabeth II dead: Key details
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died after 70 years on the throne, with her death announced by Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2022.
She died at the age of 96 surrounded by her family at her home in Balmoral, including her son and heir to the throne Charles, the Prince of Wales, and her grandsons, the Duke Of Cambridge, Prince William and the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry.
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After the statement was released, BBC One interrupted a programme to switch to a presenter in the news studio, who shared the news with viewers.
The channel continued airing live footage from Balmoral, including some of the Royal family arriving at Aberdeen airport to see the Queen, until a further update was shared at 6.30pm confirming that the Queen had died.
Presenter Huw Edwards, who had been fronting the rolling live coverage, then informed BBC viewers, adding: ‘A few moments ago Buckingham Palace announced the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.’
He then read out the statement from the Palace which said: ‘The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.
‘‘The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.’
Altered BBC schedule for Friday, September 9 2022
06:00 BBC News Special
10:00 BBC News Special
13:00 BBC News
13:30 Regional News
13:45 BBC News Special
18:00 BBC News
18:30 Regional News
06:00 Coast – addition to the schedule
06:30 Escape To The Country – as billed
09:00 Summer: Earth’s Seasonal Secrets – as billed
10:00 Animal Park – addition to the schedule
10:45 Farmers Country Showdown – addition to the schedule
11:15 Homes Under The Hammer – addition to the schedule
12:15 Bargain Hunt – addition to the schedule
13:00 Best Bakes Ever – addition to the schedule
13:45 Doctors – addition to the schedule
14:15 Money For Nothing – addition to the schedule
15:00 Escape To The Country – addition to the schedule
15:45 Garden Rescue – addition to the schedule
16:30 The Bidding Room – addition to the schedule
17:15 Pointless – addition to the schedule
18:00 Richard Osman’s House Of Games – as billed
18:30 Unbeatable – as billed
19:00 Garden Rescue – addition to the schedule
19:30 EastEnders – addition to the schedule
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