BBC hit back after William and Kate snub - 'not all our shows will meet full agreement'

BBC hit back after William and Kate snub – ‘not all our shows will meet full agreement’

BBC hit back after William and Kate snub - 'not all our shows will meet full agreement'

It has been revealed that a Christmas charity fundraiser, hosted by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, was expected to air on the BBC, but the rights will now instead go to ITV. The BBC was banned from broadcasting the Christmas concert in what is thought to be a form of retaliation amid an ongoing row over its new documentary.

On Monday, the first instalment of a two-part documentary series entitled ‘The Princes and the Press’ was aired on BBC Two.

The new documentary explores the relationship of both Prince William, 39, and Prince Harry, 37, with the British media.

A joint statement was released by Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace following a request for comment from the BBC.

The joint statement from the royal households reads: “A free, responsible and open press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy.

“However, too often overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.”

On Wednesday, ITV confirmed that the royal carol concert will be broadcast in the run-up to Christmas.

ITV sources said they were only made aware of an offer to take the show late last week.

One claimed: “It was unusual for it to come to us this late.”

The show is in addition to ITV’s usual Carols at Christmas offering, and as contracts are still under negotiation, no official placement in the festive schedule has been announced yet.

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He added that the BBC has “tremendous respect for all aspects of the royal family”, before adding: “From time to time this organisation produces programmes which may or may not meet with full agreement with different parts of the establishment.

“Our job is to get that right, to be independent, to be respectful.”

The Christmas carol programme is being made for ITV by BBC Studios – a production arm of the corporation.

This is not an unusual feat in broadcasting though, as the production arm also worked on another royal project – the Duchy of Cornwall documentary – for ITV in 2019.

It is claimed that ITV was “surprised but delighted” by the sudden change of plan in broadcasters.

The Sun reports: “It will be a fantastic Christmas carol concert that will be TV gold for viewers at home.”

The concert will be recorded at Westminster Abbey in early December.

While hosted by Kate, William will be among those in the audience watching on at Westminster Abbey.

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