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Monday, June 04, 2012

Diamond jubilee: TV steps up the celeb factor

This piece of mine, comparing tv coverage of the 1977 silver jubilee with the diamond jubilee today, appears in The Guardian.

Neil Clark:  A look back at the coverage of the silver jubilee shows there were fewer crowns – and famous faces – in sight back in 1977.

"A jubilant burst of celebrations in London and all over the country officially marks the start of the jubilee week revelries. Bonfires, fireworks and traditional pageantry are all part of the week's programme which has full coverage on BBC TV and radio." So proclaimed the Radio Times of silver jubilee week in 1977.

A comparison of the television and radio listings of that week 35 years ago with those of diamond jubilee week in 2012 shows that, even though the Radio Times published its own "souvenir issue", coverage of the event occupied significantly less broadcast time in 1977.

You can read the whole of the article here.

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