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The wedding in numbers

23 May 2011
The wedding in numbers

In London on 29 April Prince William married Catherine Middleton, becoming the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Interest in the ceremony was such that it is likely it reached the largest television audience worldwide ever.More than 700 television networks received live coverage through Associated Press Television News, which provided more than 53 hours of high definition television. More than 85 stories were produced in advance, with another 35 edits on the day itself.In addition to APTN’s global output, sister company Global Media Services fed a further 65 international broadcasters, including Al Jazeera and CCTV English, with operational support and facilities including:21,000 minutes of live reports and anchoring; 10 kilometres of dedicated fibre carrying content in all world standards; 20 dedicated cameras along the procession route, cut with the signal from Sky News; five dedicated transmission booths in the temporary media centre at Canada Gate, opposite Buckingham Palace; five studios at New Zealand House, close to the Palace and Westminster Abbey; and 30 satellite channels spanning Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.That was just the services of one contractor, AP. The full complexity of the wedding coverage will probably never be charted.In London on 29 April Prince William married Catherine Middleton, becoming the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Interest in the ceremony was such that it is likely it reached the largest television audience worldwide ever.More than 700 television networks received live coverage through Associated Press Television News, which provided more than 53 hours of high definition television. More than 85 stories were produced in advance, with another 35 edits on the day itself.In addition to APTN’s global output, sister company Global Media Services fed a further 65 international broadcasters, including Al Jazeera and CCTV English, with operational support and facilities including:21,000 minutes of live reports and anchoring; 10 kilometres of dedicated fibre carrying content in all world standards; 20 dedicated cameras along the procession route, cut with the signal from Sky News; five dedicated transmission booths in the temporary media centre at Canada Gate, opposite Buckingham Palace; five studios at New Zealand House, close to the Palace and Westminster Abbey; and 30 satellite channels spanning Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.That was just the services of one contractor, AP. The full complexity of the wedding coverage will probably never be charted.

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