Pacific Islanders can watch Royal wedding live

2011-08-03T12:00:00Z

Eighteen broadcasters throughout the Pacific Islands will hook up with Television New Zealand to bring live coverage of the Royal wedding from London on April 29.<!--more-->

The five hour transmission via TVNZ in Auckland features exclusive coverage of the BBC’s official broadcast and will be screened by participating networks in Samoa, American Samoa, Niue, Tonga, Nauru, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, the Marshall Islands, Palau and the Cook Islands.

The event is expected to break all previous viewing records to become the most watched programme in the history of television. As many as 2 billion viewers will tune in to watch Prince William and Katherine Middleton exchange vows – more than double the number that watched Prince Charles &amp; Lady Diana marry in 1981. The broadcast will begin on Friday, April 29 at 8:30pm and continue until Saturday April 30, 12:45am New Zealand time.

The event is expected to bring an avenue to local channels to boost advertising as the programming is guaranteed to bring in keen eyeballs to telly screens, although there is no estimate as to how big a business opportunity it would be for local television networks.

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