BBC Worldwide Channels has announcee that the BBC One feed of the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton will be made available to viewers of BBC Entertainment around the world on 29 April 2011.
The feed will be streamed live to the BBC Entertainment channel across Asia, India, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East and will be broadcast on BBC Knowledge in Africa. Viewers in these territories will be able to tune in for an authentic British take on a very special British occasion.
“The Royal Wedding provides a special opportunity to bring together our local channels around the world for a truly global viewing event,” said Jana Bennett, President Worldwide Networks and Global iPlayer. “William and Catherine’s big day has captured the imagination of audiences around the world and I am proud that for the first time, millions of BBC Entertainment and BBC Knowledge viewers in Africa, Asia, India, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe can join together to watch the day unfold.”
Acclaimed BBC newscaster Huw Edwards will lead the BBC’s team of presenters as the day unfolds. Commenting on the news of his appointment, Edwards said: “I am delighted with the news and consider it a great honour to play a part in what I am sure will be a huge national celebration.”
In recent years Edwards has been the BBC’s anchor for major state occasions such as 2004’s D-Day 60th anniversary, the Pope’s visit, Trooping the Colour, the State Opening of Parliament, Festival of Remembrance and the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics and Commonwealth Games.
BBC Entertainment will also be broadcasting a host of royal documentaries in the lead up to the wedding. Programming is likely to include a retrospective of royal weddings throughout the decades, a look into the historic House of Windsor, the story of Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s relationship from their initial meeting at St. Andrews University to the present day, and a documentary that takes a closer look at Prince Charles’ work and the causes closest to his heart.