The BBC Announces Comprehensive Multi-Platform Plans For Royal Wedding Day Coverage

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April 11th, 2011

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THE BBC ANNOUNCES COMPREHENSIVE MULTI-PLATFORM PLANS FOR ROYAL WEDDING DAY COVERAGE

BBC AMERICA is ‘The Home of the Royal Wedding’

New York, NY – The BBC has announced it will bring U.S. audiences in-depth, comprehensive coverage of the Royal Wedding across its U.S. platforms as the buildup continues towards the big day on Friday, April 29, 2011.  On air, online and on radio audiences will be taken to the heart of celebrations in the UK.

 

The BBC has covered Royal Weddings as far back as George VI’s marriage to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923, the royal couple of The King’s Speech.  With an incredibly rich archive, historical perspective and insight into the unique role of the Royal Family the BBC, once again, presents its world class standard of broadcasting for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.  However American viewers choose to be part of the historic event, the BBC will be there with unrivaled coverage.

 

Since December 2010 to the big day this month, April 29 2011, BBC AMERICA will have aired 184 hours of royal programming in a four month build up. BBC AMERICA has live, commercial free coverage of the Royal Wedding from 3:00am ET/12midnight PT to 8:30am ET/5:30am PT.

  • Five-and-a-half hours of live, commercial free coverage in a simulcast with BBC ONE, the BBC’s UK flagship network.  The day’s commentary will be from veteran BBC newsman Huw Edwards.
  • The history-making, all-important scenes of the day

o   the Royal Family, including Prince William and Catherine Middleton as they arrive at Westminster Abbey

o   the first glimpse of Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress

o   the wedding ceremony at 6:00am ET/3:00am PT

o   the newly-married couple on their return journey to Buckingham Palace

o   the millions of people expected to line the wedding route

o   and finally the moment when Prince William and Princess Catherine join the rest of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as they greet the crowds and witness the Royal Air Force flyover.

  • In addition BBC AMERICA will air:

o   live reports from St Andrew’s University in Scotland where William and Catherine first met, from Bucklebury, Catherine's home village, and from a number of military locations in the UK and abroad.

o   exclusive live reporting from on board the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight as it soars across London and down the Mall to salute the Royal newlyweds.

o   And BBCAMERICA.com has daily updates at its Royal Wedding Insider blog –www.blogs.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/category/royal-wedding/ including updates from BBC Royal Correspondent, Peter Hunt, who conducted the first television interview ever with Prince William.  On the big day the blog will have reports from Mille Bratton, editor in chief, Brides magazine and from the Anglophenia correspondent in the UK.
BBC.com will stream the wedding live at www.bbc.com/royalwedding from 5:45am ET to 8:45am ET.

  • The BBC ONE feed will stream live online with commentary from Huw Edwards
  • Historical background and archive footage of previous Royal weddings starting with George VI in 1923
  • A stream of video news clips that turns the spotlight on many of the most memorable details of the event.

 

BBC World News – the 24 hour international news channel – will begin its coverage at 3:00am ET.

  • Mishal Husain will anchor live from outside Buckingham Palace.  Check your local PBS stations for details.

BBC World Service covers the day’s event live from London.

 

And in the final week leading up to the wedding, BBC AMERICA continues to showcase an ongoing slate of royal premiere royal programming:

 

Royally Mad host Cat Deeley is the spirited tour guide for five of America’s most enthusiastic Royal Wedding fanatics on a trip of a lifetime to London.   They visit places associated with the Royal Family and the Royal Wedding and meet a range of people who know Kate and William and who are involved in the upcoming nuptials.   The five contestants get the chance to indulge in everything Royal Wedding-themed and ultimately experience their own fairytale ending.

 

Prince William’s Africa had unprecedented access to the Prince, both in private and in public, as he undertook his first Royal Tour of Africa earlier last year.  He spoke candidly to presenter Ben Fogle, and revealed his passion for conservation in Africa and how the continent feels like his second home. 

 

Diana’s Dresses explores the Diana phenomenon, and how the dresses she wore serve as a reminder to her fans of the woman she was.

Princess Diana - Her Life in Jewels examines the extraordinary life of Diana, Princes of Wales as chronicled through her jewelry.

Royal London gives viewers a tour of one of the world’s most famous capital cities with a historic and contemporary insight into centuries of royal tradition, pomp and circumstance.

 

How to Be A Prince examines what it’s like to be in line to the throne, documenting the life that Prince William has so far lived. It draws on examples from the past and shows how he might, in his adult life, avoid making some of the same mistakes his ancestors have made before him.

 

 
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