LIve Broadcast of the Royal Wedding

Around the world: how the papers saw it

Natalie Craig

May 1, 2011

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A MERICANS gushed, Iranians scoffed and the Italians carried on about the ”sexy” bridesmaid as media coverage of the royal wedding blanketed the globe.

An estimated 2 to 3 billion people watched the broadcast, including about 400 million on YouTube – the largest ever live streaming audience.

Photos of the happy couple were splashed across the front pages of newspapers in every continent, while news websites notched a total of about 5.4 million page views a minute at their peak.

Editorials in the left-leaning British press were respectful, if circumspect: The Independent gloried in the ”day of escapism” while reminding readers that ”vast inequalities persist in Britain today”.

The Daily Mail had successfully predicted Catherine’s dress designer – Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen – who, it later reported, ”had to sneak into her hotel on Thursday night with her face mostly obscured by a huge yeti-like fur hat”.

The UK tabloids milked the event for all it was worth, dubbing princesses Beatrice and Eugenie ”the mad hatters” and bridesmaid Pippa Middleton ”her royal hotness”.

Photos of the kiss splashed front pages everywhere.royalchina_al1-200x0.jpgPhotos of the kiss splashed front pages everywhere.

Italy’s La Repubblica also made much of the younger Ms Middleton’s ”eleganza e sex-appeal”, while hundreds of Facebook shrines were established overnight in her honour, including the ”Pippa Middleton Ass Appreciation Society” with more than 23,000 followers.

North American papers presented the wedding as the apotheosis of romance. ”Love matters,” declared the editorial of Canada’s best-selling Globe and Mail, ”and so too does the fact of the persistence of something great and noble of the past in our harried world.”

But not everyone felt the love. The Iranian state news channel grumbled that ”the people of this monarchical country” were paying for the most expensive royal wedding in British history, and were ”forced to work around-the-clock so that princesses can pile up cash”. France’s L’Express complained that no French people had been invited to ”the wedding of the century”, while Le Figaro published a 79-page liftout titled ”So British”.

Britons, meanwhile, were enraged about the BBC’s online streaming, which crashed at the crucial moment when Catherine started her walk down the aisle.

But other sites withstood the massive traffic generated by the event, which had been expected to test the capacities of social media.

YouTube’s 400 million viewers outstripped the previous record for live streaming, when 70 million tuned in for US President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009.

Global internet traffic monitor Akamai recorded almost 5.4 million page views a minute on news-focused websites around the time of the ceremony.

It was the sixth-busiest online event for news websites, behind World Cup qualifying matches, other sports events and the US mid-term elections.

During the ceremony, Facebook recorded 74 status updates per second mentioning the royal wedding, while Twitter registered more than 300 related tweets, with Pippa and her derriere trending higher than her sister.

Like the online chatter, TV commentary ranged from the merry to the merciless.

One British reporter, standing outside the hotel which the Middletons rented for the wedding scoffed of their common background: ”It’s sometimes hard to tell who are the Middletons and who are the staff.”

Sky News was attacked for abruptly cutting short an interview with British Prime Minister David Cameron before the ceremony to show socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson’s ”new nose”.

There was rolling coverage of the ceremony on 14 US channels, with NASA also broadcasting live to its international space station. About half the population of New Zealand, or 2.2 million people, watched between 7.30pm local time and midnight.

The heavyweights of American broadcasting, including Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters and Katie Couric, dissected the dress and the tiara, and explained to viewers the particulars of royal etiquette with the help of toffy-sounding British analysts.

But they didn’t get the triumphant Hollywood pash they were hoping for.

Couric missed the first kiss and had to ask for a replay.

When the couple obliged she said: ”I hate to be ungrateful, but is that it?”

The Media Event of Osama Bin Laden

I have awoken to news of Osama Bin Laden’s death and as I watch the celebrations of my fellow Americans in D.C. and in New York from my apartment in Italy I can only be more thankful for digital media. This event is not only a major day for Americans but undoubtedly as the day continues on and the news spreads to farther reaches of the world, the global reaction of Osama Bin Laden’s death will continue to be reported on for days to come. Thankfully enough with the prevalence and globalization of media, I am able to stay connected with this event and watch the consequences unfold as if I were in the states myself. As I watch President Obama’s announcement I can only imagine the reaction of those outside American borders and how this news will now change the topic of discussion in their own countries.

Osama Bin Laden– Dead?!

It is 5:22 AM. I should have been in bed a while ago, instead I decide to take a little quick peak at the news… ONLY TO FIND WHAT WILL BE ON THE FRONT-PAGE OF EVERY NEWSPAPER AND NEWS CHANNEL TOMORROW MORNING!

Could this be possibly true??!!!….

"The Face of Terror"


NY Times: “BIN LADEN DEAD, U.S. OFFICIAL SAYS”–“Osama bin Laden has been killed

Fox News:”The U.S. had been waiting for the results of a DNA test to confirm his identity before going public”

BBC News: “Al-Qaeda leader Bin Ladendead’“–“The US is said to be in possession of Bin Laden’s body.”

CNN:“The most prominent face of terror in America and beyond, Osama Bin Laden, has been killed in Pakistan , U.S. officials said Sunday night.”

…And as I am writing, more and more articles are growing in length and number!

It is said that the U.S. forces have his body and are currently working on DNA tests in order to confirm his identity. Bin Laden has had a global presence for the past decade, so what does the death of the Al-Qaeda leader mean to this world? What will happen next and what will this major event bring to the future? 

Will his death represent stability in people’s hearts or will this face of terror terrorize more souls because of the aftermath of his “murder”?

-By Fatine Fares-Eddine

Journalists like jokes too.

Who ever said that politics and the news had to be boring?

The White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner was borderline comedy show this year.  There was no lack of jokes about Obama’s birth certificate or Donald Trump, 2012 Presidential candidate…and owner of the Ms. USA Pageant.

President Obama cracked jokes about himself and many guests, particularly Donald Trump. The audience laughed the whole time (with the exception of Donald Trump, of course).  Seth Meyers’ jokes followed. He made fun of everyone, sometimes brutally. While funny, each speaker made good, valid points. Luckily, most subjects of the jokes had a good sense of humor.

The speeches are a good example of infotainment — mixing facts with entertainment. Many important issues were mentioned, and it definitely drew an audience! Each speaker also ended mentioning the importance of journalism. Journalists keep people, Seth Meyers included, up to date with world events. Journalism keeps the government in check by following up on issues, such as wars and natural disasters.

Meeting expectations, ABC News covered the dinner in detail, and various networks definitely followed up on some of the issues brought up…particularly concerning Trump. You can see the full speeches on at

bollywood in China

China combines “bollywood” scenes in the film Goldstruck. India/china collaboration of both cultures coming together.  A Hong Kong based production house is all set to lauch a comedy Action film, that
will showcase culture from both nations. I think this is a great beginning for both cultures, I believe that if this movie becomes popular than more people will embrace bollywood as well as more cultures will come together.

Technology Redefines “Quality Time”

This is an article I found about the impact of technology on families. Instead of families spending “quality time” together, they all separate into their own technological worlds. They may be in the same room, but one is on their iPad, another sending emails, and another listening to an iPod. This is such a debated topic because although technology is revolutionary, there are some drawbacks. Although this article only talks about American families, I know this is the same worldwide. People from all over the world are addicted to their social networking websites such as Twitter and text on their cell phones 24/7. We may see the positives of technology like creating a more globalized, interconnected world. For instance, I can be in Italy and Skype with my family in California. But, we must also realize that sitting behind a computer screen all day long takes you away from human interaction. We must find that balance between the two.


Merceditas Gutierrez, a government official of the Philippines stepped down because she was voted to be impeached. She is accused of being involved in corruption although she associates herself with anti-corruption. this reminds me of the presentation I did on Manny Pacquiao and his political career. The Philippines is very corrupt in terms of politics. That is not to say other countries aren’t, but this one is noted for it. Politicians pay their way through and having the right connections and money is everything.