Royal Wedding

A peak audience of 20 million viewers (70% share) from across the UK tuned into the BBC’s television coverage of the Royal Wedding. And over the day 34.7 million viewers in the UK watched some of the BBC’s wedding coverage on TV.

The peak figure of 20 million tuned in at the end of the service in Westminster Abbey. The peak audience figure is based on provisional overnight figures and includes viewers across our coverage on BBC One, BBC One HD, the BBC News Channel and on BBC iPlayer.

The ceremony (11am-12.15pm) was watched by an average audience of 19.2 million (68.9% share) across BBC One, BBC One HD and BBC News Channel.

The total reach of 34.7 million watched some of the BBC’s wedding coverage in UK, including the BBC One programme and news coverage.

The average audience tuning into the BBC One, BBC One HD and BBC News Channel across the Royal Wedding programme for the pre-ceremony build up between 8-11am was 10.1 million and post ceremony from 12.15-4pm was 10.5 million. An average of 4.9m million tuned in to see highlights from the day at 8.30-10pm.

The BBC’s multimedia offering was used by millions of users across the day, both in the UK and internationally. According to provisional figures indications are that the number of page impressions for the live page of coverage online was nine million. There were approximately 9.4 million unique users internationally (5.4m) and in UK (4m) for the BBC’s News website overall with the Royal Wedding dominating the top stories.

Listeners across the country also tuned into coverage of the wedding across the BBC’s national radio networks and local stations. Audience figures for radio are reported separately.

Mark Byford, who led the BBC’s coverage of the wedding across TV, radio and online, said: “We are pleased that so many people celebrated the Royal Wedding with the BBC’s coverage across TV, radio and online. The huge audience of so many millions who shared the day with the BBC is a testament to all those involved in producing such high quality and distinctive coverage, and proves once again that the BBC is the broadcaster of choice for audiences during big national events. We are delighted with the audience and delighted with our programming.”

The BBC today announced its presenting line up for the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton with the aim of bringing viewers and listeners comprehensive coverage across TV, radio and online, both in the UK and around the world.

Leading the programming for BBC One and BBC News will be Huw Edwards, who will be based outside Buckingham Palace and joined by fellow anchors Fiona Bruce and Sophie Raworth, who will be situated at key locations in central London.

Also reporting on events across the day for BBC TV are Radio 1’s Fearne Cotton and Edith Bowman, BBC Sport presenter Jake Humphrey, BBC Breakfast’s Chris Hollins, along with One Show presenter Alex Jones and her colleague, Anita Rani, who will capture the stories, excitement and celebrations from across London, the UK and around the world.

Coverage of the couple’s special day will also feature prominently across the BBC’s radio networks, giving listeners on-the-spot reaction and interactive coverage.

The presenting line-up across the day will include Edward Stourton and James Naughtie on Radio 4, Victoria Derbyshire and Richard Bacon on Radio 5 Live, together with Vernon Kay and Scott Mills for Radio 1 and Chris Evans and Ken Bruce for Radio 2.

This presenting team will complement the coverage from BBC News that will broadcast throughout the day.

Alongside comprehensive coverage on television and radio the BBC’s dedicated portal will offer live streaming and in depth coverage on the day.

Further programming, location and scheduling details will be announced shortly.

Mark Byford, Deputy Director General, who is overseeing the BBC’s Royal Wedding plans, says: “With such a strong line-up of presenters across TV, radio and online the BBC’s in-depth coverage of the Royal Wedding will bring the event to life for viewers and listeners across the land, helping the UK to celebrate the big day.”

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