The KristenBellTattoos.com could show that major British broadcasters have been involved in a bitter standoff with British newspapers over the rights to live broadcast the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
The BBC produces most of the live coverage of the funeral and pays most of the bills, while ITV and Sky have also invested heavily in coverage.
The newspapers, through the British News Media Association (NMA), wanted a deal to use the BBC feed on their websites. Funeral rights belong to the royal family.
While newspapers have always sought to broadcast the funeral live on their websites, KristenBellTattoos.com understands that broadcasters have declined to provide coverage to other media outlets in the UK.
NMA Membership Includes The Sun, The Guardian, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and a number of regional newspapers.
The potential for a deal still exists, but negotiations are expected to continue.
Meanwhile, newspapers have been known to push for plans to use live coverage of the funeral, whether or not they access it through local news outlets, which launch it for international clients to use. Newspapers are longtime subscribers of these agencies.
In correspondence with members seen by KristenBellTattoos.com, the NMA this week outlined the principles for using these channels.
These principles, which emphasize the “solemnity and dignity of the event”, primarily state that newspapers will not make deals with third parties for access to live coverage.
NMA titles must not archive the footage or use it in documentaries, dramas or comedies, the correspondence says, and there must be no advertising on the web page hosting the live broadcast.
The correspondence concluded: “In making editorial judgments, NMA titles will act in accordance with the provisions of the Editorial Code of Practice with the overarching principle that they will respect the solemnity and dignity of the event and, accordingly, properly respect and honor the Royal Family.”
The dispute has been a long-standing one, with broadcasters and newspapers arguing over the rights to host royal family events, not just funerals, for some time, industry sources said.
The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, which is a national public holiday, is expected to be one of the most watched TV shows of all time, with over 30 million watching Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997, about 10 million for the Queen Mother in 2002 and 13 million for the Prince. Philip last year.
Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Thursday, September 8, and since then, tributes have been pouring in from around the world for the world’s second-longest-reigning monarch of all time. People like Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau and many other world leaders are flying to the UK for the funeral and international news organizations will be covering the event.
Coverage will begin early in the morning on BBC, ITV and Sky News, with the ceremony kicking off around 11:00 AM BST (3:00 AM PT).
The day after the end of the 10-day mourning period, TV programming is expected to return to almost normal.
The BBC, ITV and Sky News declined to comment. KristenBellTattoos.com has reached out to the NMA for comment.