Broadcasters Have Until Friday to Secure Credentials for Royal Wedding

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LONDON -- International broadcasters have until February 25 to book the last few available broadcasting spots outside Buckingham Palace for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29th, the Cabinet Office said Wednesday.

In an operational note sent out to international networks announcing the plans for the event -- which is expected to draw the biggest TV audience of all time -- the government department overseeing the wedding said there were "a very few remaining opportunities" for non U.K. radio and television broadcasters to gain access to the planned studios and stand-up/in-positions at Canada Gate, opposite Buckingham Palace.

Only the BBC, ITV and Sky will be allowed to film the procession down the wedding route from the Mall to Westminster Abbey and the service inside Westminster Abbey, and they will provide a feed that international broadcasters can pick up, usually by affiliate agreements with APTN or the European Broadcasting Union.

A limited number of broadcasters will be able to book studio space at a temporary site close to Buckingham Palace where they will be able to have their own anchors and commentators.

"If you have not already contacted and reached an agreement with BBC, ITN, SKY or the Foreign Broadcaster Service (EBU & APTN), and would like studio space then please ensure that arrangements are in place by this Friday 25th February," the Cabinet Office said in an operational note to broadcasters.

"No studio space requests will be considered after that date."