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BBC defends Pope visit coverage

The BBC has defended its coverage of last week's state visit of the Pope after hundreds of complaints from viewers.

According to figures released by the corporation, there were 169 complaints that its coverage was too favourable and 197 that it was too critical.

There were also 384 complaints from viewers who felt there had been too much coverage of the visit, while 122 people contacted the BBC to commend it for its coverage.

A spokeswoman said: “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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