Kim Kardashian Wedding: How the Media Covered

10:20 PM PST 08/21/2011 by Kimberly Nordyke
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CNN was among those sending reporters to Montecito to cover the event, while E! News, which had the exclusive rights to take video inside the ceremony, is devoting a special section on its website.

At least one observer has likened Kim Kardashian's wedding to NBA player Kris Humphries to the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

While that might be overstating it a bit, the TV networks and entertainment magazines are making a big deal of the ceremony, which took place Saturday.

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Perhaps the TV outlet covering this event the most is E! Entertainment, which was the only media company allowed to have video cameras inside, thanks to a lucrative deal with the couple.

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The network gave viewers a sneak peek of what's to come in its October special, Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event, in an E! News report that aired over the weekend. Online, the network has a special package devoted to the wedding, featuring reports on everything from Kardashian's day-of preparations to the personalized party favors the guests took home.

E! News promos for Monday's show also are focusing on coverage of the wedding. In addition, E!'s The Soup, hosted by Joel McHale, also is featuring quips about the wedding in its promos for Friday's show.

Meanwhile, the syndicated entertainment newsmagazines -- Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Access Hollywood and Extra -- all featured their wedding coverage prominently on their homepages, and the story is likely to dominate Monday's shows.  

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On Sunday, their sites all featured a slew of Kardashian-related content, and not just about the ceremony itself. Access Hollywood, for example, features a poll asking viewers whether they will watch the E! wedding special and a gallery titled "The Many Men of Kim."

Inside Edition -- which has a broader focus than the other shows -- does have content on its website about the wedding but makes no mention of it in its promo for Monday's show.

The broadcast networks' morning shows also are covering the ceremony. NBC News' Today got a jump on the coverage by airing a recap of the event Sunday. In his intro of the piece, reported by Michelle Franzen, Today's Lester Holt mistakenly called Humphries "Ryan." He then noted that the ceremony was an "essentially made-for-TV celebration."

During the report, Franzen notes the star-studded guest list, interviews staffers from Us Weekly and People and asks the question whether the marriage was "real or for reality TV."

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ABC News' Good Morning America also recapped the event on its Sunday morning broadcast, with a People editor discussing the various dresses worn by Kardashian along with the celebrity guest list. (As The Hollywood Reporter previously reported, People paid $1.5 million for exclusive rights to the photos.)

The show also has posted several videos on its website related to the ceremony. One of them, titled "Kim Kardashian Ties the Knot," is sandwiched between "Gary Giordano Taken for More Questioning" and "Baby Tigers at the Bali Zoo" on GMA's homepage.

Of the three broadcast networks' news divisions, CBS News was the only one not featuring anything about the Kardashian wedding prominently on its homepage Sunday.

CNN also sent a crew to the event site -- a private 11-acre estate in Montecito, Calif. -- with reporter Kareen Wynter filing from Montecito. Her report focused on what the bride wore, the reported costs of the event and the heavy security surrounding the "extravagant affair."

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But fellow cable news channel Fox News hasn't posted any videos from the event. In fact, the only coverage on its site comes from the Associated Press.

In addition to the coverage, several outlets had representatives as invited guests: E! News' Ryan Seacrest, GMA's Lara Spencer and Today's Kathie Lee Gifford were among those attending the ceremony.

Locally, Los Angeles' KTLA devoted a special section on its website, and the station included a report about the wedding in its Saturday night broadcast.

But KTLA didn't send a reporter to Montecito, choosing instead to get reactions from people in L.A., including radio DJ Ellen K, who co-hosts On Air With Ryan Seacrest.

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