The British public broadcaster has lined up The X Factor host Dermot O’Leary and Crimewatch and Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young to present the nuptials alongside BBC news presenter Huw Edwards. Ore Odubda, who won Strictly Come Dancing, the British version of Dancing with the Stars, Radio One’s Tina Daheley and The One Show host Alex Jones will join, marking the BBC’s most diverse line-up to cover a royal wedding.
The BBC is the only broadcaster allowed to film the actual ceremony, which takes places in St George’s Chapel in Windsor, but it will share its coverage with global networks.
The broadcaster has also lined up major radio plans including Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffatt, who also appeared on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here, covering for Radio One, while The Big Breakfast host Chris Evans will cover for Radio Two and sports presenter Clare Balding covering for Radio 4, Radio 5 Live and the World Service.
The Frankenstein Chronicles star Anna Maxwell Martin and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child actor Jamie Glover will appear on Radio Three, reading work that explores the “enduring romance of wedded bliss” as well as the “darker moments of married life”.
O’Leary said: “I am delighted and honoured to be covering the royal wedding for the BBC. I’ve been lucky enough to meet Harry several times in my career, and look forward to celebrating what I’m sure will be a very special day for millions around the world.”
The BBC will go up against ITV on the day; the latter has presenters Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham hosting live coverage from Windsor with a lineup of royal experts. U.S. SVOD service Britbox will be streaming ITV’s coverage in the States, while NBC and CBS will also both be offering live coverage of the event. CBS has got Gayle King, Kevin Frazier and Brit Tina Brown to cover the event from 4am EST, while NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb will be on call for the Peacock network.