BBC hit back at complaints Victoria Derbyshire talked through key worker silence

The BBC has been forced to address complaints that Victoria Derbyshire talked through yesterday’s one-minute silence which honoured the key workers who have died with coronavirus. 

More than 100 NHS and care staff have lost their lives to Covid-19, as well as many staff still working in public transport. 

The silence, organised by Unison, the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal of College of Nursing, took place at 11am yesterday, bringing the country to a standstill. 

But furious viewers complained the BBC’s coverage failed to ‘observe’ the tribute. 

‘Absolutely disgusted & angry that the BBC presenter felt the need to talk through the silence reminding us of all the NHS staff that have died. We were trying to silently reflect on the sacrifices made by NHS & all keyworkers and her blabbering on was distracting & unnecessary,’ wrote one fuming audience member.

Another agreed: ‘I think it was absolutely disgraceful that Victoria Derbyshire spoke continually all through the minute silence for those in the NHS who had died from the Conoravirus. No respect at all from her or the BBC

‘This BBC News special on 28 April 2020 showed live coverage of the one minute’s silence commemorating healthcare and other key workers who have died from coronavirus,’ they said. 

‘Our coverage began a few minutes before 11.00am with Victoria Derbyshire describing scenes across the country as people prepared to observe the silence. She finished her commentary about 15 seconds before 11.00am, and resumed at about 15 seconds after 11.01am. 

‘There was no commentary during the silence itself, which was observed appropriately.’

At the time of writing, more than 22,000 people have died from coronavirus in the UK, with over 100 of the lives lost being key workers serving on the front line.

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