The Corporation was criticised for dropping the regular Saturday night drama shows such as Casualty to cover football and back-to-back Six Nations rugby matches for 13 hours.
The sports spree continued on Sunday too when six hours of sports-related programmes included two Sport Relief shows. Despite receiving a number of complaints by irate viewers, the BBC refused to apologise. It instead defended itself by arguing that the live matches of the Six Nations tournament are telecast every year and remain very popular with the viewers.
It claimed that the France versus England match was watched by 6.6 million people this year. The broadcaster is already under fire for spending £357m to buy the rights to broadcast a range of sports.