Millions of Americans get up early to watch the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

  • On a worldwide basis the
    Jubilee received much lighter coverage from the media than the Royal
    Wedding in April 2011
  • U.S. press has focused Prince Philip’s trip to hospital instead of celebrations
  • BBC Worldwide aired coverage across Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Latin
    America, India, Africa, Europe and the Middle East with ‘amazing feedback’
  • Iran state TV focused coverage on minor anti-royal protests in Britain
  • Celebrations extensively covered by the French media and some 3.6million viewers watched Jubilee special on France 2 television
  • Italian newspaper Repubblica describes Queen as ‘Elizabeth the Great’
  • Australian TV channel ABC shunned the live celebrations and showed a repeat of raunchy Warren Beatty movie Shampoo instead
  • In Canada over million Canadians watched CBC coverage yesterday

By
Daily Mail Reporter

08:01 EST, 5 June 2012

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14:14 EST, 5 June 2012

Opulent processions, well-coiffed royals and a few European landmarks thrown in – it is the perfect light watching to ease you into the day.

And television networks didn’t miss a trick with the Queen’s Jubilee, sending out their big names – topped with a variety of obnoxious hats – to cover the four-day event in London.

With the UK five hours ahead of Eastern time, the festivities fall perfectly for morning television.  And as the celebration reaches its conclusion on Tuesday,  the networks battle for the best coverage.

How do you do: Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira lead the Jubilee coverage for NBC's Today show outside Buckingham Palace. The networks have flown over their big names to the UK capital

How do you do: Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira lead the Jubilee coverage for NBC’s Today show outside Buckingham Palace. The networks have flown over their big names to the UK capital

Leading the pack has been the Today show, which sent Meredith Vieira to preview the long weekend’s festivities on Friday from the Tower of London.

She has since been at the helm of the show’s coverage, broadcasting from Buckingham Palace. On Tuesday, NBC added more big names to the mix, sending out Al Roker and Matt Lauer to join her.

Vieira had previously warned them to ‘bring the long
johns’ to fight the weather, but joked that the drizzle made ‘the events
more British, not less’.

CNN flashed jubilant scenes of thousands of well wishers waving flags along The Mall. Piers Morgan and Brooke Baldwin will lead the live CNN broadcast live for two hours starting at 9 a.m. ET.

Getting to know the people: Today's Al Roker mingles with the crowds in London to ask about the Jubilee

Getting to know the people: Today’s Al Roker mingles with the crowds in London to ask about the Jubilee

Coverage: Vieira flew to London last week to preview events. She is joined by CNN and Good Morning America

Coverage: Vieira flew to London last week to preview events. She is joined by CNN and Good Morning America

FIVE MINUTES OF FAME: BRITISH REPUBLICANS ENJOY PRIME-TIME COVERAGE ON IRANIAN STATE TV

Protests by British republicans – a mere footnote in the UK — are enjoying prime-time coverage on Iranian state-run television channels which have ignored the loyal majority’s revelry.

The protesters waved placards and banners saying 'citizen not subject', 'power to the people' and 'democracy not monarchy' as they called for the abolition of the monarchy.

‘Chants of Monarchy Out! Republic In echo in UK,’ trumpeted a headline on the website of Iran’s English language Press TV.

Tehran’s main Persian language channel, IRTV 1, declared that the Queen should shoulder some responsible for Britain’s ‘grave economic situation.’

It opined: ‘The extravagant spending of the Queen, including the expensive wedding of Prince William, her annual tours and festivities and the current diamond jubilee celebrations have added to the problems.’

RTV 1featured a protestor proclaiming, ‘I speak on behalf of millions of British people who are opposed to the monarchist system.’

Iran has been staunchly republican since its Islamic revolution in 1979 overthrew 2,500 years of monarchy.

Good
Morning America is hosting ‘GMA at the Jubilee’ with Robin Roberts
broadcasting live from outside Buckingham Palace, interviewing British
celebrities while looking at processions below.

CNN led the coverage over the weekend, broadcasting the Thames Jubilee Pageant and the Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving.

But,
while UK viewers reveled in the wonderment of the concert on Monday
night – featuring Kylie Minogue, Will.i.am and Elton John, among others –
U.S. audiences were comparatively hard done by.

ABC nabbed exclusive rights to the show and presented excerpts from 9 p.m. ET during 20/20: Concert for the Queen.

Coverage of the occasion has varied across the world.

Republican France celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee as if its own Revolution had never happened.

The celebrations in London dominated TV screens and newspapers, with Le Monde correspondent Marc Roche saying the French ‘don’t know much about the Queen, but they like the pomp and circumstance, they like the grandeur of the institution.’

More than 3.5million watched a three-and-a-half hour live Jubilee special on France 2 television on Sunday afternoon.

‘We got 26.3 per cent of the audience, despite the French Open tennis tournament being on at the same time on another channel,’ said Yannick Letranchant, who commissioned the programme.

Last year’s Royal Wedding and the success of the film ‘The King’s Speech’ has made the British monarch extremely popular.

Princess Diana, who died in Paris in 1997, is also remembered with great fondness.
‘We have no royal family, so we end up with characters like Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni living like royals,’ said Parisian Genevieve Blanc.

‘They are nothing like as impressive as the real thing, and in fact end up embarrassing us. This is one of the main reasons why we envy the British.’

All newspapers covered the Jubilee on their front page at some point, with Figaro giving a number of reasons why the Queen is ‘cool again’.

In Italy, the were covered extensively on the TV, newspapers, radio and internet with photographs of the river pageant dominating – as well as several pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge looking regal in her bright red dress.

Having a jolly good time: Queen Elizabeth, with the Dean of St. Paul's David Ison, leaves after a service to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee at St Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday. The four-day event concludes today

Having a jolly good time: Queen Elizabeth, with the Dean of St. Paul’s David Ison, leaves after a service to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee at St Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday. The four-day event concludes today

Family: Prince Charles, Prince William, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge leave the service

Family: Prince Charles, Prince William, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge leave the service

Every morning, the main channels had a
live link-up via their London correspondents to describe the previous
day’s events and go through proceedings.

Even British Rome-based correspondents were asked to contribute an opinion.

Italian coverage highlighted how a
Venetian gondola had taken part in the river pageant and all the
coverage described how despite the dismal weather that more than a
million people turned up to see the spectacle – underlining the strength
of feeling for the Queen.

Repubblica described the Queen as
‘Elizabeth the Great’ adding how the crowds had been ‘partying wildly’
throughout the whole weekend.

Corriere Della Sera said the pageant
had ‘told the story of the Windsors,navigating through crisis and
splendour, through love and intrigue’.

Il Messaggero described the
celebrations as an ‘unprecedented spectacle’ adding how the
photographers had all been ‘pointing their cameras towards Kate as well
as the Queen, with her stunning red dress.’

Queen Elizabeth

William and Kate

Jubilant: The Jubilee events – which conclude today – will be widely covered by US television networks today

The coverage also highlighted how the
Duke of Edinburgh had been forced to miss the last two days of
celebrations after ‘bravely enduring the cold for four hours’, but the
Queen had continued with the festivities once informed he was doing well
in hospital.

BBC Worldwide aired the Diamond
Jubilee Celebrations on channels across Asia, Australia, New Zealand,
Latin America, India, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

A
spokesperson said it was still too early to obtain exact viewing
figures, but said they had already received ‘amazing feedback.’

In
Australia there was an outcry as ABC shunned the celebrations and
showed a repeat of raunchy Warren Beatty movie Shampoo instead.

Australians for Constitutional Monarchy head, Professor David Flint, has  attacked the ABC for the snub.

‘I think it is absolutely appalling and astounding,’ Professor Flint said.

In
Canada, CBC covered an extensive amount of the celebrations and
reported that more than a million Canadians watched their coverage
yesterday morning.

In the spirit: Elise Pearce holds a flag showing the Queen while waiting for the carriage procession during the Diamond Jubilee on Tuesday

In the spirit: Elise Pearce holds a flag showing the Queen while waiting for the carriage procession during the Diamond Jubilee on Tuesday

It
seemed that on a worldwide basis, the Jubilee received much lighter
coverage from the media than the Royal Wedding in April 2011.

‘I
assumed the ABC was going to at least broadcast the central events, as
you would expect them to do a royal wedding or a coronation.’

On Tuesday night, ABC in the U.S. will broadcast two-hour highlights of the concert from 9 p.m. ET.

Audiences
still have the Ceremonial day to look forward to, where the queen and
royal family and 2,000 British worthies will attend an Anglican
thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

After this, the queen and royal
family will attend private receptions, then a lunch at Westminster Hall
before taking a procession, lined with military bands and troops, back
to Buckingham Palace.

Around 3:30 p.m. local time – 10.30 a.m. ET – the royal family will assemble on the balcony.

Good Morning America, World News with Diane Sawyer and Nightline will broadcast throughout the day.

In addition to the U.S. channels, BBC
America has been offering wide coverage. On Tuesday, BBC America will
broadcast live from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET.

The Mall, London

The Mall, London

All smiles: There will be a procession later today before the royal family assemble on the balcony

It comes after some channels also heavily previewed the weekend’s events. Viera popped out to London well ahead of the festivities to preview events from the Tower of London on Friday.

And in last week’s ABC special,The Jubilee Queen with Katie Couric, the beloved anchor quizzed Princes William and Harry, as well as the Duke of York and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

While colourful scenes were splashed across television screens, the coverage by the American newspapers was comparatively lifeless.

In the U.S. newspapers, mentions
of the widespread parties and the Queen’s processions have been sparse,
hidden in the back pages and squashed alongside the ads.

Instead, the press, including the New York Post and the New York Times, focused on the bad news from the weekend – Prince Philip’s trip to hospital.

The Queen’s husband, who turns 91 this weekend, was admitted to hospital on Monday with a bladder infection and will remain there for a few days as a precaution.

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“NOBODY in the USA cared about it at all” Stacey, San Diego, 5:13:—–Nobody? Are you speaking on the behalf of the entire population of America? Blimey, you certainly know a lot of people; I’m impressed.

MILLIONS of Americans got up early to watch this live? Who? Nobody I know did. We have TiVo and DVRs. The boats going down the river was EXTREMELY boring and NOBODY in the USA cared about it at all.

Was Georg Friedrich Prince of Prussia, the great-great grandson of Wilhelm II, Germany’s last Kaiser and his lovely wife Sophie Princes of Isenburg also invited by the Queen to London to enjoy the Queen’s Jubilee celebration? After all, the German and the British Royals are related by way of the late great Queen Victoria.

All three of the major U.S. networks put together would not and could not equal the BBC, and that is why I go to bed and set my alarm to awaken at dawn to watch the weddings, Princess Diana’s funeral, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. All best wishes to Queen Elizabeth, and a speedy recovery for her husband. Please, please don’t call Kate, William and Harry the “three stooges”. That’s terrible!

All three of the major U.S. networks put together would not and could not equal the BBC, and that is why I go to bed and set my alarm to awaken at dawn to watch the weddings, Princess Diana’s funeral, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. All best wishes to Queen Elizabeth, and a speedy recovery for her husband. Please, please don’t call Kate, William and Harry the “three stooges”. That’s terrible!

All three of the major U.S. networks put together would not and could not equal the BBC, and that is why I go to bed and set my alarm to awaken at dawn to watch the weddings, Princess Diana’s funeral, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. All best wishes to Queen Elizabeth, and a speedy recovery for her husband. Please, please don’t call Kate, William and Harry the “three stooges”. That’s terrible!

I’m also an American and the comments by some of the other Americans on this site about how we don’t appreciate and admire the monarchy are ridiculous. My ancestors came from Wales and Scotland. I’m proud of my heritage and someday I hope to visit the U.K. so I can see the beautiful countryside and hopefully learn more about my family. I’ve said this in another comment but I’m going to say it again. The entire Jubilee was beautiful and everyone I know has watched at least part of the ceremonies. The coverage here on BBC America and other broadcast networks has been good. In fact I’m getting ready to watch some highlights from the celebrations that is airing now on ABC.

“truth, uk………Sorry. What, Pardon? ..No one can hear your insignificant words and to be honest no one is bothered. Go away and keep being bitter along with the other 1000.- Len, Yorkshire, UK” **********Ditto to you as well. But it is not your place to tell anyone on this site to go away or to speak on behalf of others. Just because deluded monarchists don’t like the truth it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be said. We do not all feel the same as you
our system is not appreciated all over the world whether you like it or not. I take it you were not at the events so why should anyone listen to you? .

Dave, TheKnownUniverse.com, USA……….Glad you enjoyed the coverage. I have been to Derbyshire a few times, it has some beautiful villages and stunning countryside, your grandparents came from a nice part of Britian.

“It was estimated that 1.2 – 1.5 million, happy, smiling people lined the Thames to witness the joyous event. The Republican protest managed to garner, according to one source – 60 snarling, sad individuals. Which type of person would you like as a next door neighbour? Oh! well, I suppose even Pol Pot, Stalin, and Mugabe had their supporters…. takes all sorts.- Old Codger, London”****I would advise you to go to the events yourself rather than listen to inflated pr based information provided to you. There was no way even a million there that day. The tubes were not busy I got a seat both ways which is rare. There were only rows 4 deep of crowd in most places by the water lots of space left empty shut off. We were told their were other events on as well. There is no way they can give actual numbers of attendees or those who watch tv. Its all just guesses. There were 1000 protesters. people were not joyous smiling they were cold, totally soaked through most of the time.

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