Couric will anchor live wedding coverage from London

CBS has issued its invitation to viewers for the April 29 royal wedding, with Katie Couric anchoring coverage from London.

The Eye’s four-hour live coverage of the event will begin at 2 a.m. PT, one hour before the scheduled start of the ceremony uniting the U.K.’s Prince William and Kate Middleton in matrimony. “Early Show” co-anchor Erica Hill will be stationed outside Buckingham Palace.

That night, Couric will host an hourlong primetime special: “The Royal Wedding: Modern Majesty.”

Hill and “The Early Show” will operate out of a site at the Tower of London beginning April 25, with Couric anchoring the “CBS Evening News” from London starting April 27.

On April 24, “CBS Sunday Morning” with Charles Osgood promises to look at royal weddings through a quirky, colorful lens.

CBS’ broadcast commitment echoes those of such networks as NBC, which last week revealed similar but even more extensive royal wedding plans, as well as Stateside cablers including BBC America, TLC, E! and Wedding Channel, which just announced a wedding-night highlights special, “Will + Kate Forever,” hosted by Perez Hilton, to culminate its weeklong coverage.

The U.K.’s first royal nuptials of the Internet era are also expected to draw an enormous online audience. CBSNews.com, for example, will simulcast CBS’ live TV coverage. Gearing up for that, Comcast and Xfinity TV have created an “Ultimate Royal Wedding Destination,” featuring more than 130 British-themed shows and films including “The King’s Speech,” for on demand and online at XfinityTV.com.

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