The Royal Wedding Media Frenzy – 26 April 2011
“I was the programme editor on the [2010 general] election and I thought that was big, but in terms of a UK broadcast event, the scale of the wedding will be unprecedented.”
— Ian Rumsey, director, ITV Daybreak
As a lad fascinated by media (through a family friend I’ve bagged myself a work experience placement at Virgin Media this summer – sorry Nick), I find it genuinely interesting – perhaps more than the impending wedding itself. I envy the people who are being paid to cover the events – I’d do it for free, Helen! That said, a tremendous responsibility lies on them. They are reporting the biggest wedding in history to the eyes and ears of an estimated two billion people across the globe.
I saw a great piece by the BBC’s excellent Nick Higham discussing the multitude of makeshift studios that have popped up around the capital. The most prominent of these (and with the best backdrop) are in front of Buckingham Palace. The BBC’s booked four of the studios for itself, but smaller European broadcasters are booking 20 minute slots in a shared one. Still, it’s not surprising they can’t afford a whole one – at £60,000 a pop, they’re not cheap. Strangely, the BBC’s allegedly even planning to allocate one to its radio people, and its audience don’t even get the view!
It’s an exciting time for all; I just can’t wait to see what our faithful Beeb brings us on 29 April!