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Lady Di Event Sparks a Bidding Frenzy
Posted by editor_usa

Wednesday 13
December 2006 @ 17:16
– GMT

The much-talked-about Diana Concert will be filmed by American outdoor events venture Live Nation (formerly Clear Channel Entertainment). The company has tendered out the UK and international television rights and will announce the broadcasters selected early in the New Year.

“We’re organising the filming so the set-up won’t require that broadcasters have their own cameras. A decision on rights will be made in January,” remarked a Live Nation spokesman.

Traditionally, public broadcaster the BBC has been the broadcaster of choice for major events such as the concert in the Mall to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, which was watched by an audience of more than 200 million worldwide and broadcast in over 50 countries.

But ITV has recently struck a series of royal coups, including unprecedented access to the two young princes and their father to celebrate 30 years of Prince Charles‘ charity, the Prince’s Trust.

A BBC spokeswoman said the broadcaster was “tremendously excited” about potentially airing the concert. “We think it is a very exciting project and are talking to the organisers about potentially being the UK broadcast partner,” she said.

ITV and the Five channel also are thought to be in talks to host the event.

Princes William and Harry are helping to set up the concert and are chairing an advisory board made up of senior figures from the worlds of media, entertainment and leisure, including Lucian Grainge, chairman and chief executive of Universal Music International.

William said the show will represent Diana’s sense of fun.

“Harry and I both wanted to put our stamp on it. We want it to represent exactly what our mother would have wanted,” he said in a statement.