Tuesday, March 29, 2011


This is what I found on the official Royal Wedding website. Love how it says "Not for broadcast." The royal wedding is only THE hottest news item in the U.K. And they don't want us to broadcast any bit of news we get? Sheesh.


Operational Note

CAB 077/11

23rd March 2011


There will be a limited number of media positions along the ceremonial route and in Westminster Abbey for reporters wishing to cover the Royal Wedding. All of these reporting positions will all be assigned in advance.

There will be a limited number of positions available at the following locations:

1. The Queen Victoria Memorial (facing Buckingham Palace)
2. Richmond House (on Whitehall facing the Cenotaph)
3. St Margaret’s Church
4. Westminster Abbey for the Service

In addition, UK Press Association will have reporters in the following positions along the Route to provide pooled copy for all:

1. The Mall opposite Stable Yard
2. Horse Guards Parade
3. Parliament Square
4. Buckingham Palace

In St Margaret’s Church, we can offer a limited number of reporters the opportunity to view the Service on a feed direct from the Abbey, with Royal Household Press Officers in attendance. A limited group of these reporters will then be bussed, just before the end of the Service, directly to the Queen Victoria Memorial to be in place for the carriage procession and for the balcony appearance and fly past.

In Westminster Abbey, a limited number of reporter positions will be allocated to a cross section of news organisations by St James’s Palace. There is no need to apply for these positions.

There are three ways to access the positions for reporters:

1. If you are represented by the following organisations NPA, WPA, CPNA, IPA and the NS. Sue McLeavy, at the NPA will co-ordinate the available places. You can contact sue on sue.mcleavy@n-p-a.co.uk
2. If you are represented by the SNS, the FPA, the PPA or the AACL, please contact your organisation who will discuss representation with Clarence House and the Cabinet Office.
3. Finally, if you are not represented by any of these organisations, a small number of places will be available by emailing royalweddingmedia@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk
. You must state which position you are applying for otherwise your application will not be considered.
4. The deadline for applying for a place is close of play on Friday 2/4/11

Accreditation will only be available for reporters who have been granted a position. Details of the requirements for accreditation will be sent out when the positions have been confirmed.

Accreditation will only be available for broadcasters who are being provided with facilities by BBC, ITN, SKY, EBU and APTN. Details of this accreditation will be available through the organisation which will be providing them with broadcast facilities.

The applications process for photographer positions has now closed.

Details on how non-accredited media will be able to operate, adjacent to the ceremonial route, will be issued shortly.

Cabinet Office 22 Whitehall LONDON SW1A 2WH
Tel: 020 7276 5104 – Fax: 020 7276 0168
Out of hours telephone 07699 113300 and ask for pager number 721338

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