Saturday, February 20, 2010
Deaths of some British royals lose their broadcasting significance
The BBC announced that five senior members of the British royal family have been "downgraded" in terms of how their deaths should affect normal broadcasting with the media giant's various television outlets in the UK. Prince Harry of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Andrew, Duke of York; Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex have been moved from what was originally considered "Category 2" into a list known as "Other notables". Other high-profile personalities in this list include the the Duchess of Cornwall, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Muhammad Ali, the Pope, Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, and the Dalai Lama, among others.
The category "Other notables" means that the deaths of any persons in this category will be regarded as "major breaking news stories with coverage on merit."
The members of the Royal Family still considered as "Category 1" are the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, and Prince William of Wales. The deaths of any of these "Category 1" figures means that the BBC will automatically interrupt any and all broadcasting with an official announcement from Buckingham Palace.
Source: BBC via DailyMail.co.uk