BBC Studios blocked Britain’s biggest news websites from streaming the Royal Funeral of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Politicalite can reveal.
Fresh from causing a rise in Republican sentiments in Britain after North Korean-esque wall-to-wall coverage of the Duke’s death across the BBC last Friday, our ‘national’ broadcaster blocked attempts by Politicalite and major UK outlets from gaining access to pool feeds of the event in a ‘tit-for-tat’ war over tabloid royal coverage.
The out-of-touch staffers – aka the ‘snoots in suits’ at Buckingham Palace started a a petty fight with the likes of Politicalite, The Sun, Mail Online, Metro and Mirror Online claiming they did not want the royal event to be turned into ‘clickbait’.
The Beeb and the Royals handed exclusive streaming rights to US Celebrity Gossip rag TMZ – the foreign clickbait outlet best known for breaking major news stories such as Tiger Woods’ car crash on Thanksgiving, a 2009 Video of Ray Rice knocking his fiancee unconscious in a casino elevator and the death of Wacko Jacko.
Politicalite spent a week attempting to secure live streaming rights to The Royal Funeral – after successfully broadcasting The Queen’s Speech on our website and across our social channels on Christmas Day in 2020 for the first time.
The Press Association attempted to broker rights for online streaming for Politicalite, but the BBC blocked it.
The Beeb has also been refusing to reply to requests for comments from Politicalite journalists since December- after our cheeky satirical ‘Bada Bing Bada Banned’ article.
A Press Association broker told Politicalite: “Broadcast feed of ceremony is being arranged by BBC Events. We’ve started dialogue, but they haven’t confirmed anything yet.”
We asked again on Thursday, and the PA asked the Beeb, to no avail.
“We are still negotiating with the BBC for access, but it will not be for a live feed it will be for rights to clip up the feed for video.” a PA broker said.
A source told Politicalite that the BBC also blocked a bid by Ruptly – an award-winning international news agency that provides real-time and archive visual news content to all media, from broadcast networks large and small to online content providers, including broadcast, digital and mobile platforms.
The BBC refusal stopped independent media outlets such as LAD Bible from broadcasting a national event – an outlet popular with younger people.
The Mail On Sunday also slammed Buckingham Palace for its petty war on the press after they argued younger people increasingly get their news online rather than through terrestrial TV channels.
The stuffy Establishment goons in Buckingham Palace told MailOnline – Britain’s most-read news outlet in print and online, with a staggering 252 million global unique users: “Your comment on a younger audience and their preference for digital consumption of information is why we are making the feed available on digital channels but not allowing it to be used far and wide by media outlets where an intensely personal service is at risk of becoming clickbait.”
They added: “I am sorry to inform you that the streaming of the service will only be available via the host broadcasters of BBC, ITV and Sky or the Royal YouTube channel.”
They Royal YouTube channel has 779,000 subscribers – The Mail has 252 million global unique users.
Politicalite has approached the BBC and Buckingham Palace for Comment.
PIONEER PHIL EMBRACED NEW MEDIA, BEEB & SNOOTS IN SUITS SHOULD FOLLOW HIS LEAD
PIONEER Prince Philip would turn in his grave at the Establishment Royal Staffers and the out-of-touch BBC’s blatant contempt for the modern media.
The Windsor’s adapted countless times over the years embracing modern technology and mass media – large in part thanks to the late Duke of Edinburgh.
In 1952, a young Prince Philip brought in sweeping changes to the coronation ceremony.
Philip forced the ‘Men in Suits’ to allow BBC TV cameras into Westminster Abbey for a Live broadcast of the Queen’s coronation for the first time in history despite opposition whilst he was Chair of The 1952 Coronation Commission.
The old guard commission members tried to block the televised proceedings, but Philip, the chair of the Coronation Comittee forced them to allow the BBC into the Abbey.
The Queen gave her permission for this departure from tradition, against official advice – revealing the monarchy’s willingness to “move with the times.”
It was a roaring success and the Royal event was watched by over 10.4 million Brits and made a young Elizabeth a global celebrity. The Duke’s funeral was watched by over 15 million Brits, but many younger social media savvy Brits are unengaged.
The BBC’s Coronation coverage was broadcast around the world.
In the United States, 85 million people watched recordings of the highlights, while in Germany all 11 hours of coverage were transmitted.
Since then Weddings, Funerals and Royal Events have all been televised. Now it’s seen as the norm and helps the Monarchy stay relevant and part of the British psyche.
Phillip’s commitment to modernisation also made the Royals more popular. He was a pioneer, it’s sad the once pioneering BBC the men in suits won in the end.
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