DO YOU want your royal wedding coverage to be serious or an uproarious laugh fest? That is the choice confronting TV viewers for Friday’s wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Channel 7 is set to play it straight. David Koch and Melissa Doyle will be on royal-watch for Sunrise. Matt White is hosting Today Tonight from London for the week of the wedding, while Chris Bath and White will host Seven’s live wedding telecast from 4pm on Friday.
Former press secretary to the Queen, Dickie Arbiter, will be Seven’s royal specialist.
That is a stark contrast to ABC2, which has hired The Chaser team for an ‘‘ alternative live commentary’’ of the 31/ hour event.
‘‘ If it (the wedding) goes well, hopefully they (ABC2) will ask us back next year to cover the divorce,’’ The Chaser’s Julian Morrow says.
Channel 10 is also taking a humorous approach to the royal nuptials with Celebrate Will & Kate The Wedding Project.
Celebrate features The 7PM Project’s Charlie Pickering and Dave Hughes, who will cross to Britain for wedding reports from Carrie Bickmore and Hamish McDonald.
Celebrate will be followed by The Ceremony, featuring radio comedy duo Fitzy & Wippa.
Ten is calling its telecast ‘‘ a lighthearted alternative to your wedding viewing’’.
Ten even has a special late-night edition of The Circle, fronted by Chrissie Swan, to discuss all the post-wedding gossip.
Not to be outdone, Nine has hired Dame Edna Everage to sit alongside its wedding telecast hosts Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson.
Sky News will broadcast every angle of the royal wedding with its multi-channel and highdefinition coverage on Friday. In addition to its main-channel, royal-wedding coverage on Sky News National, Sky News will be broadcasting the Sky News UK channel live from London in high definition, available to all iQHD subscribers on Channel 201. Playing it straight: Seven’s Mel and Kochie.