Tuesday, September 21 2010, 17:20 BST
By Andrew Laughlin,
The BBC has defended its coverage of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the UK last week after receiving hundreds of complaints.
According to PA, figures released by the corporation indicate that 169 viewers complained that the coverage was too favourable to the Catholic leader, while 197 felt that it was too critical.
An additional 384 complainants felt that the BBC gave too much airtime to the Pope's visit, but 122 people contacted the corporation to praise it for the coverage.
A BBC spokeswoman said that the complaints "reflect some of the public's opposing views" on the Pope's historic visit to the UK.
"In the context of the millions of viewers who enjoyed our live events coverage of the five major ceremonies, the live news coverage on the BBC News Channel, the news bulletins, and the various documentaries, the complaints reflect some of the public's opposing views about the visit," she said.
"The Pope's visit was of historic significance for millions of Catholics and to the wider population of the UK and it has provoked a range of public reactions.
"BBC News coverage of any subject is always approached in an impartial and accurate way, reflecting the different sides of any debate."
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