The Sunday Express reports that broadcasters all over the world are “furious” after learning that Buckingham Palace won’t remain lit after midnight on the day of the Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton.
The furore began when broadcasters were informed that as part of energy saving measures, all the lights at the palace are to be extinguished at midnight, and despite pleas from networks in Australia and New Zealand – among others – it seems palace officials won’t be changing that routine for the big day.
Of course, Australia and New Zealand are hours ahead of UK time, so they’ll be broadcasting during the night, and are therefore angered that their reporters will have to air their news reports from outside a darkened palace…
Also, as all reporters and their crews must pay to reserve a spot from which they can air their coverage, those who’ll be broadcasting outside the palace feel they’ve been given a raw deal.
A broadcasting insider told the paper, “Having paid so much money to be there, you’d expect the lights to be kept switched on.
“It affects the American broadcasters, who are giving the Royal Wedding a huge amount of coverage, because it will be dark once the evening news bulletins go out.
“Then you’ve got countries like Australia, New Zealand, even Japan, who will want to go live just as the lights are being switched off.
“You’d think the Palace could bend the rules for such a special occasion. It’s only one night.
“Everyone wants to give the wedding the best coverage possible but it’s hard to do that if Buckingham Palace can’t even be seen in the background.”
However, a Palace spokeswoman told the paper, “The lights at Buckingham Palace are normally turned off at 11pm, but the issue was raised by the Foreign Broadcasters Society and various other agencies…
“So the decision was taken to extend the lighting for an hour longer. There are a number of reasons for switching off.
“Quite a few residents have windows facing The Mall so, because of that and environmental concerns, they cannot stay on any longer.”
I have to say, I agree with the “insider”. Surely one day wouldn’t hurt? What do you think?