MORE than 1,000 viewers complained about the 'excessive' level of coverage of Nelson Mandela's death on the BBC -- including some who grumbled about Brendan O'Carroll's sitcom 'Mrs Brown's Boys' being interrupted with news of the statesman's death.
By yesterday the BBC had received 1,350 complaints about too much coverage across its news services, with 144 specifically referring to the upset caused by missing the end of 'Mrs Brown's Boys'.
A BBC spokeswoman said: "Nelson Mandela was a hugely significant world leader with an enormous political and cultural influence across the world. His death is of considerable interest to our audiences at home and across the globe.
"We know that people turn to the BBC for authoritative coverage of breaking news and we will continue to provide comprehensive coverage for a wide range of BBC News outlets, across TV, radio and online, as the world reacts to his passing, reflects on his legacy, and prepares for his funeral.
"After the initial announcement we have, of course, continued to cover other major stories as they have developed."
The episode of 'Mrs Brown's Boys' in question averaged 2.8 million viewers.
However, the number of viewers to the station leapt to 5.1 million during the 10pm news bulletin that followed.