NBCUniversal channels will have blanket coverage of the April 29 royal wedding, headlined by a special edition of NBC’s “Today” beginning at 1 a.m. Pacific.
MSNBC, E!, “Access Hollywood,” Bravo, Telemundo and the Weather Channel, along with British broadcast partner ITN, will also contribute to sweep of programming related to the nuptials of the U.K.’s Prince William and Kate Middleton.
“Today” will kick off its coverage a week earlier with live reports in London from Natalie Morales, who will be joined April 25 when Meredith Vieira arrives to co-anchor from the U.K. The morning program will then send Matt Lauer, Ann Curry and Al Roker to England starting April 28.
Brian Williams will anchor “NBC Nightly News” from London beginning April 27, then co-anchor the wedding ceremony with Lauer and Vieira.
On the wedding day itself, “Today” will air for seven hours, with the wedding taking place in the middle at 3 a.m. Pacific. A two-hour wedding-themed “Dateline” will air at 9 p.m. that night, and Morales and Al Roker will anchor “Weekend Today” from London on Saturday morning.
Other primetime coverage on NBC includes an April 24 “Dateline” and an April 27 NBC News primetime special, “Inside the Royal Wedding,” hosted by Vieira and Lauer.
MSNBC will begin airing live news reports from London on April 24. The following day, “Way Too Early” host Willie Geist, Martin Bashir of “Martin Bashir” and Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Geist of “Morning Joe” will start broadcasting from Blighty.
MSNBC’s wedding day coverage will launch at midnight Pacific, first anchored by Bashir and Chris Jansing, then two hours later by Scarborough, Brzezinski and Geist.
E! will also be in London all wedding week, beginning its five-hour wedding coverage at 1 a.m. Pacific, led by Giuliana Rancic. E! will immediately repeat the coverage at 6 a.m. Pacific, then air “E! News Special: Road to the Altar” and a wedding-themed “Fashion Police” with Joan Rivers back-to-back that night.
Similarly, Telemundo will provide daily coverage from London beginning April 25, broadcast the wedding live and air an hourlong special in primetime.
Bravo’s Andy Cohen will host “Watch What Happens Live: Royal Wedding Spectacular” April 28, while “Access Hollywood” will broadcast from London all week.
Even the Weather Channel will get into the act, not only with its regular forecasts but also themed features, such as one looking at the splendor of the newlyweds’ new home, the North Wales island of Anglesey.