BBC America to Broadcast Royal Wedding, Live and Commercial-Free

Prince William and Kate MiddletonUPDATED: BBC America’s coverage of the royal wedding will begin at 3 am on April 29. To find out how to watch or listen to the wedding wherever you are, click here.

Also: Royal Wedding Insider will be live-blogging the royal wedding. Get the scoop.

EARLIER: Set your alarms early for April 29. Today (March 16), BBC America has confirmed that the network will air Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s wedding, live and commercial-free, in a direct simulcast with BBC One in the UK.

According to the press release, BBC America “will carry extensive uninterrupted live coverage of the Royal Wedding on April 29. The live, commercial free broadcast will be a direct simulcast of BBC ONE’s coverage — BBC ONE is the BBC’s flagship channel in the UK. The broadcast of the wedding is the centerpiece of weeks of build-up on BBC AMERICA, which includes original production, Royally Mad, presented by Cat Deeley, an extensive slate of documentaries on the Royals, and three BBC World News America specials on the Modern Monarchy. More details of the Royal Wedding feed will be announced shortly.

Perry Simon, GM Channels, BBC Worldwide America comments: ‘I am delighted that BBC AMERICA will give our viewers the opportunity to watch events in London live and without commercial breaks – just as if they were sitting in a British living room watching the BBC.  From the moment the Royal Wedding was announced, we have committed BBC AMERICA to be the Home of the Royal Wedding, and our special wedding coverage is the perfect celebration of this momentous occasion.’

“BBC AMERICA’s telecast will feature commentary from acclaimed BBC ONE news anchor Huw Edwards, who will lead the BBC’s team of presenters throughout the day.  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.”

We’ll post more details on BBC America’s coverage of the royal wedding as they become available…

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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