The day is finally here – April 29 – the day of the Royal Wedding between Kate Middleton and Prince William. If you are planning to watch the ceremony, it is live on five free to air channels, as well as four pay TV channels. For those not interested, there are plenty of options to avoid the wedding, including Friday night NRL and AFL.
Royal Wedding Coverage summary – all times are eastern, unless otherwise specified:
Seven’s coverage starts at 4pm, live from London. It breaks for news at 6pm local (not WA), then continues from 6.30pm until 11.00pm. The ceremony itself is from 8.00pm eastern.
In Melbourne & Adelaide, Friday night AFL airs from 7.30pm on Seven, moving the wedding coverage to 7TWO. On 7TWO, it airs from 6pm.
WA: Royal Wedding 2pm – 7.30, then over to 7TWO thereafter. News at 7.30pm, AFL at 8pm.
Seven’s coverage features Chris Bath and Matt White. Chris Reason, Angela Cox and Adrian Brown will be outside Westminster Abbey as well as at various street parties and in Kate’s hometown of Bucklebury.
Nine’s coverage starts from 4pm. News is at 6pm, with A Current Affair at 6.30pm (eastern states only), live from London. Wedding coverage continues from 7.00pm until 11.00pm.
In Sydney and Brisbane, Friday Night NRL airs from 8.30pm, with the wedding airing on GEM.
In WA, Nine covers the wedding from 2pm local time, breaks at 4pm for Pyramid and News at 4.30, then continues from 5pm – 9pm on Nine and GEM.
Nine’s coverage features Karl Stephanovic and Lisa Wilkinson live from Buckingham Palace. Special guests include Dame Edna Everage and Royal Commentator James Whitaker. Live from Westminster Abbey is Tracey Grimshaw, Ita Buttrose and Kathy Lette.
The Royal Wedding airs live on GEM in HD in all markets from 7.00pm eastern. This, of course, is the simulcast of Nine’s coverage, but in HD. In Sydney and Brisbane, GEM is the only of Nine’s channels to air the wedding after 8.30pm when the NRL airs on Nine.
Ten’s coverage starts with the First at 5 News at 5pm. George Negus follows at 6.30pm (which will be at 6.00pm on SA, and not seen in WA).
Then at 7pm, it’s The Wedding Project, featuring Charlie and Dave who will cross live to London where Carrie Bickmore, Hamish McDonald, Lucy McDonald, and Nova’s Fitzy and Wippa are counting down the last hour before the Wedding kicks off.
At 8pm, it’s The Ceremony with Fitzy, Wippa and Lucy providing a light-hearted alternative to the Royal Wedding viewing. Fitzy & Wippa are live in London.
Then at 9.30pm, Celebrate Will & Kate – The Wedding Circle, featuring the girls from The Circle and Colin Lane on the couch debriefing and recapping the Wedding.
The Wedding Project, Ceremony and Wedding Circle are live into all markets. In WA, News at 5pm local time, then the Wedding Project at 5.30pm.
Coverage starts from 6.00pm eastern, with a break for the news at 7pm local time, except for Perth, who get the news after the wedding at 8.40pm local time. Various BBC reporters, led by Huw Edwards will be stationed around Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and The Mall. Apart from Central London, reporters will file from other key locations in Britain such as St Andrews, where William & Kate went to University and Kate’s home village of Bucklebury.
There will be guest experts in the studios, Royal historians, Royal correspondents and fashion experts on hand to discuss various aspects of the event. After the wedding, the procession to Buckingham Palace will be covered as well as the historic balcony appearance and kiss.
Note that the planned ABC2 Commentary, hosted by the boys from the Chaser has been pulled and will no longer air.
UKTV will also be broadcasting live the BBC’s coverage of the Royal Wedding, led by Huw Edwards. This is the same coverage that ABC1 will be using.
Those who have an IQ2, IQ-HD or the MyStar equivalent, there will also be HD coverage on UKTV HD. On Foxtel, that is channel 214.
UK TV’s coverage starts from 5pm eastern.
Sky News will be providing (no surprise here!) “UNRIVALLED” Royal Wedding coverage over its channels. From 6pm April 29, Sky News National (Ch 601) will cover the Royal Wedding. APAC Channel 648 will present a program called April 29: London Sunrise from 3pm-6pm on the day.
SKY NEWS HD will air on channel 201 (for iQHD subsribers) from 6am April 28 until 6am Monday May 2. Prior to the Wedding, the channel will feature reports on London and the preparations for the wedding, on the night, the wedding will be live in HD, then after the wedding, encores throughout the weekend for those who could not see it on the night.
Piers Morgan and Richard Quest head up CNN‘s coverage, reporting on the biggest royal wedding event since Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. On top of Morgan and Quest, other key CNN correspondents will cover the ceremonial to the personal, and what is happening at Westminster Abbey to the reactions of those around the world.
Yes, it is on E! The Americans are more obsessed than some of us with the Royal Wedding and the E! Channel has coverage hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Dermot Oleary live from London.
Anyone who has watched Entertainment Tonight in recent weeks would have seen just how obsessed they are in the US – the show is wall to wall Royal Wedding, complete with crazy stuff like “ET’s exclusive 2am sneak peak using night vision!” Seriously!?
Like here is Australia, US networks are broadcasting news live from London.
For the first time ever, live coverage can be seen YouTube via the Royal Channel. Yahoo7 also will be streaming live footage, using Seven’s broadcast.
Serious Wedding coverage: ABC1, Seven, UKTV & Sky News
Slightly lighter: Nine and GEM
American Angle: CNN and E!.