BBC puts fresh faces on Royal wedding TV coverage
The BBC is injecting new blood into its official royal wedding coverage. Veteran journalist David Dimbleby (who did the commentary for Princess Diana's and the Queen Mother’s funerals and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations) has been scrapped and now the dulcet tones of Fearne Cotton, Jake Humphrey and Vernon Kay will accompany Kate's trot down the aisle.
So, who exactly are these royal commentator newbies set to stir our emotions on the big day (check your local BBC World listing) with their ability to talk to us common folk.
This tattooed blond broke into the world of TV hosting with a stint on the UK's Disney Show when she was 15. Since then, she's gone on to host Draw Your Own Toons, Top of the Pops and a regular show on BBC Radio 1, leaving us to hope for some decent royal family caricatures and a priest being introduced to the altar in sparkly pants by Cotton in the audience on the big day.
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During her career as a children's presenter, Cotton was dutifully "gunged," a qualification that could prove useful during the rush for canapes and booze at the diplomats' reception tent.
Cotton interviewed William and Harry before their Concert for Diana in 2007. Prince William was reported to have been taken with the presenter, leading Cotton to comment in the Daily Mail:
"As for Prince William's rumoured interest in me? if I was single, I might be interested.
"Having said that, I think I'd make a really good Queen. I wear a tiara well. I could change the National Anthem to Led Zep's Good Times Bad Times."
Seems the BBC hasn't taken Kate's decision to ride in a car to her wedding at St. Paul's lightly, with the addition of Formula 1 presenter Humphrey to their lineup. Another children's TV veteran, (the BBC really does seem to think experience with children is necessary for the royal beat -- perhaps they are right?) Humphrey moved over to BBC sports as their first American football commentator.
Look forward to commentary on the possibility of the royal carriage carrying the Queen overtaking Kate's Rolls-Royce on the bend.
Humphrey is also colour-blind -- let the outcry over Kate's blue wedding dress commence.
Another Radio 1 DJ, Scott Mills has spent the last week trying to get on the books of talent agencies around the UK as a Kate Middleton lookalike by posing in a brown wig. A recurring feature on Mills' radio show involves putting people on treadmills as they answer quiz questions, the speed being boosted everytime they give a wrong answer. It could only add some colour to comments from people in the street.
Kay kickstarted his career by winning a modeling competition on a popular UK breakfast show. Also a Radio 1 presenter, Kay is the host of ABC's Skating with the Stars and Family Fortunes in the UK, the British version of Family Feud.
Family Fortunes, and all the royals are there -- perfect! Maybe Philip can buzz in during the 'I do's.'
For those who will be tuning into the CBC instead of the Beeb on the big day, the network will be jetting Peter Mansbridge off to cover the wedding. Their programming will kick off at 4 a.m. ET and run until 10 a.m. ET.
The Weather Channel is also sending over Al Roker to present his show Wake Up With Al for the ceremony, if you'd like you royal commentary peppered with the chances of Kate getting her train wet.