Critics and audiences don’t always agree, as the Queen’s funeral service proved once again on Monday. Should it be, some asked, with ARD and ZDF reporting hours live and twice from London? Charting the royal casket’s path to Windsor in timeless aerial photographs accompanied by moderately enlightening commentary from aristocratic experts. It had to be, the audience judged. Interest in the telecast was high across all channels between 9am and 4pm, with an average of almost 3 million prime time viewers and more in the evening.
Now the farewell of the eternal queen was a historical and, of course, a world event. How many people do you think saw it on screen around the world? It is interesting that there was already a number for this before the funeral ceremony: 4.1 billion “according to calculations”. Half of the world’s population.
Apparently, a single woman is the author of 4.1 billion. how did he find that number?
This number was not only named by the British tabloids Daily Mail: and: subway, but in countless international media, in Germany, among others, the correspondent of “Tagesschau”, Deutschlandfunk and the news agency epd. Media critic Stefan Niegemeyer joined hypermedia about why serious estimation of global audience numbers of this magnitude is difficult, if not impossible, to do, especially with non-decimal numbers. And how that number spread all over the world. In Germany, for example, it was given credibility by a Hamburg expert who quoted the ominous 4.1 billion and referred to other “experts”. So who is the original expert, author of 4.1 billion?
Apparently, he writes hypermedia, one woman. Her name is Carolina Beltramo and she writes for a blog called WatchTVAbroad.com. Beltramo, according to this site, is a TV critic from Argentina who loves movies and binge-watches Netflix. It was he who, days before the funeral, made the much-quoted estimate that “no fewer than 4.1 billion people are expected to gather on Monday to witness this historic event, when half the people on planet earth will stop to pay . their respect.” So we asked Carolina Beltramo of WatchTVAbroad.com: How did he find the 4.1 billion?
The answer comes a few hours later by e-mail. not from Argentina, but from a spokesperson for a PR agency in London. Where else can information be provided about how much of the world’s population is interested in the farewell of the Queen of England? But then the disappointment. “It is impossible to know exactly how many people are seeing a particular event at a particular time,” the letter said. Carolina Beltramo’s estimate was based on “views of similar events in the past” and adjustments for “population growth” and the fact that mobile technology is prevalent today.
So much for the explanation. Pi mal thumbs live stream, 4.1 billion done. A safe global quota, he suspected, does not exist. Maybe it’s enough to know that even in these days of criticism of public broadcasters, there were probably enough viewers to justify the reruns.