The BBC will broadcast shows including Bargain Hunt and Homes Under The Hammer on the morning of October 12th instead of coverage of Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank.
If reports in the Mail On Sunday are accurate, then the BBC will not broadcast Princess Eugenie’s wedding despite requests made by the Duke of York.
Instead, the BBC will stick to it’s tried and tested format of airing property and antique programming on weekday mornings.
The schedule of BBC weekday mornings has remained unchanged for many years, with Bargain Hunt being broadcast at 12:15 each day without fail for almost two decades.
The British Broadcasting Corporation has made the decision over a perceived lack of public interest, fearing a ratings disaster if the ceremony is aired from Windsor Castle.
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, a source said: “From the outset, the instruction from the very top was that Eugenie’s wedding must be televised.
“The BBC was approached because they have a special relationship with Buckingham Palace and a formula that works.
“But they turned it down because they don’t think enough people will tune in and that there isn’t enough support for the Yorks.
“The feeling at the Palace is that the BBC has dropped the ball.
“At the end of the day, this is going to be a huge Royal Wedding, with all the senior members of the Royal Family in attendance.
“But nobody wants to take the risk and spend the money it would cost to put it on air.”
It is unknown whether ITV or Sky will broadcast the wedding in place of the BBC.