Press: The Vows Heard Round the World

Commentary in 34 languages, with pretty pictures by the BBC

It was made for television and television knew it. Said Steve Friedman, executive producer of NBC's Today show: "We have a beautiful princess, a royal wedding, a glorious sight, all overlaid with the threat of violence." To capture this perfect script, TV journalists plotted their coverage for months, haggling over camera position, importing tons of equipment, steeping correspondents in royal arcana.

Some 750 miles of cable were set down, and scores of cameras were set up, 21 in St. Paul's Cathedral alone. By the time...

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