Live coverage to begin two hours before ceremony
ABC and Fox News Channel have put forth their bids to grab a piece of the American TV audience that will flock to watch Britain’s royal wedding in the wee hours of April 29.
Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters will anchor ABC’s six hours of live wedding coverage beginning at 1 a.m. Pacific, two hours before the official start time of the ceremony uniting Prince William and Kate Middleton. Immediately following, Robin Roberts will co-anchor “Good Morning America” live from Westminster Abbey.
That night, ABC will air a two-hour edition of “20/20,” hosted by Walters.
FNC’s live ceremony coverage will also begin at 1 a.m., hosted by Shepard Smith and Martha MacCallum. FNC will air commercial-free from 2:30-5 a.m. Smith will then anchor “Studio B” and “Fox Report” later in the day, followed by Greta Van Susteren’s “On the Record” that night.
Like CBS, NBC and other cablers who have already announced plans, ABC and FNC will also play the royal wedding card heavily in the days leading up to the ceremony.
ABC will have dedicated editions of “20/20” airing April 18 and 28. Additionally, “Good Morning America,” “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline” and “20/20” will all broadcast from London in the days leading up to the wedding, and “GMA Weekend” will originate from there on the day after.
Sister network Disney Channel is also offering the shortform series “A Modern Fairytale: The Royal Wedding Week,” daily from April 25-29, hosted by ABC News’ Juju Chang, along with nightly prince and princess-themed movies, including “Enchanted” and “Cinderella.”
FNC kicks off its wedding-week coverage with primetime doc “Countdown to the Royal Wedding” April 24. For two nights between 10 p.m.-3 a.m. beginning April 26, FNC will simulcast Blighty’s Sky News.
“Fox and Friends” with Gretchen Carlson and “America’s Newsroom” with MacCallum will start London-based broadcasts April 27, with the Smith and Van Susteren shows doing the same April 28.
BBC America, which was among the first channels to outline wedding coverage plans, confirmed that it will air commercial-free from midnight to 5:30 a.m. Pacific on the wedding day. BBC.com will stream live beginning at 2:45 a.m.
Not to be left out, TV Guide Network will offer “Kathy Griffin’s Insightful and Hilarious Take on the Royal Wedding” at 8 p.m. on the wedding night, while Game Show Network will air a week of tied-in episodes of “The Newlywed Game,” hosted by Sherri Shepherd. And OWN has planned the two-part “Prince William & Catherine: A Royal Love Story”: part one April 9, part two incorporating footage from the event May 12.