The Royal Wedding

The world watched Prince William and Kate Middleton say “I will” at the alter in  yesterday morning. A couple of hours later we saw them kiss not once, but twice on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. We are calling the event “the wedding of the century.”

I watched the live online streaming ABC News and BBC broadcast all morning, waiting to see what would come next. While intently watching all of the pomp and circumstance accompanying the event in London, I was also updated every few minutes by the twitter news feed embedded in the BBC site. Reporters kept track of the future Highnesses’ every movement and countless tid-bits and opinions about the day.

Royal Wedding news coverage dominated the top news stories throughout the day in the UK, France, Australia and the United States. had an entire page dedicated to Royal Wedding coverage.

I think this event clearly shows today’s media focus on infotainment. The royal wedding was entertaining and news, and viewers loved the story. The event also displayed the use of new media today. Millions tuned in to the wedding on tv, but also kept up-do-date with online streaming and twitter updates.

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