BBC will power Queen’s funeral coverage with generators that run on eco-friendly veggie oil
The BBC’s massive broadcasting operation at the Queen’s funeral will be fuelled by eco-friendly vegetable oil.
Generators providing electricity for the corporation’s 213 cameras at the event will be run on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), which emits far fewer carbon emissions than regular generator diesel.
The BBC will also save power by using energy-saving LED lighting in its studios in London and Windsor.
Cameras that film in Ultra High Definition will be used for the coverage, which airs from 8am to 5pm, so high-quality footage is preserved for archives.
Huw Edwards and Fergal Keane will present the BBC’s coverage from London while Kirsty Young and David Dimbleby will be based in Windsor.
Huw Edwards (pictured) and Fergal Keane will present the BBC’s coverage from London while Kirsty Young and David Dimbleby will be based in Windsor
Sophie Raworth will report from Parliament Square and Anita Rani from the Long Walk at Windsor, while JJ Chalmers will be stationed at Wellington Barracks in Westminster.
As host broadcaster, the BBC will pool footage with Sky and ITN as well as stations around the world.
The BBC will provide interior coverage such as from inside at Westminster Abbey, while Sky News will cover the funeral procession up the long walk, from Wellington Arch to St Georges Chapel, Windsor.
Sky News say that more than 275 cameras will capture shots for the network across their studios and with reporters such as Kay Burley, Sarah Jane Mee and Gillian Joseph live on the ground.
These include the broadcasters own cameras, cameras from Sky Sports and from external production partners like the BBC.
The BBC’s special programme will air from 8am to 5pm on BBC One and iPlayer, while BBC Two will show BSL signed coverage.
Sophie Raworth will report from Parliament Square and Anita Rani from the Long Walk at Windsor, while JJ Chalmers will be stationed at Wellington Barracks in Westminster
It will also broadcast live to over 200 countries and territories worldwide through BBC World News and bbc.com – as well as on networks such as PBS in America and ABC in Australia.
ITV’s coverage will begin at 9.30am, and is set to be hosted by Tom Bradby, 55, and Julie Etchingham, 53.
The network has confirmed there will be no advertisements on its channels on Monday – putting it in direct competition with the advert-free national broadcaster.
From 6am to midnight all coverage from ITV will be simulcast on its main channel, five digital channels and ITV Hub.