Holby City fans are angered and annoyed that their show has been postponed just because of the Brexit vote. Why couldn't BBC 2 have aired the live vote and BBC 1 continued on with prime time as normal?
Because an enormous news story breaking and BBC1 ploughing on with normal programmes looks rubbish.
As I've said before, 99% of the time people complain that normal schedules are rubbish and boring and say they should drop everything, and then when anything gets dropped apparently everyone is devastated and they shouldn't have done it.
The problem is with Brexit, large swathes of people are becoming bored of it. The average person in the street is now sick to the back teeth of hearing about it, I know from family and friends few would generally be interested in watching rolling BBC One coverage on it. I think only a small proporation would be ‘up in arms’ if Holby was delayed when there’s a major terror attack or similar non-planned breaking story. But we’ve had so many votes of Brexit and debates for the last three years since the vote, people are less forgiving about their favourite programmes been shifted.
Having said all that it’s catch 22 for the BBC there’d be similar outrage on socials and by some within Westminster if BBC One didn’t do extra coverage. Personally, I don’t think it’s necessary to postpone the first airing of soaps, dramas and documentaries when you’ve got a news channel or online for continued coverage. ITV seem to have a good balance of fitting extra updates at programme junctions and at ad breaks which means there’s never too long before a news flash can air which directs people online. I think ITV even did an online only programme this week IIRC.