Prince Philip Funeral – Broadcast Facts

The funeral of Prince Philip took place on 17th April 2021 in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. It is estimated that the one-hour funeral service was viewed by 11 million people on the BBC, 2.1 million on ITV, and around 450,000 on Sky. It was also broadcast by a wide range of radio stations and on YouTube channels.

The BBC covered the funeral on BBC One and BBC News, and on Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live. The lead presenters for its television coverage were Huw Edwards, Sophie Raworth, and JJ Chalmers (a former Royal Marine); Martha Kearney hosted the radio coverage alongside Jonny Dymond and Tracy Borman. The funeral was also broadcast on ITV, hosted by Tom Bradby, Sky News and Sky One was hosted by Dermot Murnaghan. ABC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and NBC broadcast the funeral in the United States.

Neon worked on the broadcast from Sky’s Windsor Studio, with the sound via Sound Alliance.

TeleGenic worked on the broadcast for ITN.

CTV worked on the broadcast for BBC.

NEP did the route and ceremony coverage from Windsor. Arena BBC Pres and CTV covered Home Park.

The BBC radio feeds were provided by the BBC Radio OB team. Chapel and service audio via via Sound Alliance.

Some of the aerial shots were done by Arena’s G-INTV helicopter. It was noted that some aerial shots shown by broadcasters were not live, it is believed the they were recorded earlier in the day and used to fill time.

The image below shows some of the BBC feeds into the studio at the time of the 41 Gun salute. It had 2 helicopter feeds via OS7 and OS9.

Image – Chris Cook


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