King Charles’ Palace “Turning the Press into Your PR Agency” Podcast

The reign of King Charles III. has begun by asking whether the royals “are no longer pro-democracy” after a dispute erupted over coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, co-host Kristen Meinzer said The Royal Report podcast.

Buckingham Palace reportedly asked British broadcasters BBC, ITV and Sky News to put together an hour-long roll of clips of ceremonial events marking the Queen’s death, which would be approved for further use.

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King Charles III seen at Balmoral Castle in Scotland October 1, 2022, and Queen Elizabeth II pictured during the Chelsea Flower Show in London May 23, 2022. Buckingham Palace has been embroiled in a dispute with television broadcasters over footage of the Queen’s funeral.
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Any additional footage would have been ruled out for licensing to future documentarians, for example, without obtaining approval directly from the Palace.

The move, reported by The guardsparked debate over whether the palace was attempting to censor the official record of Britain acknowledging Elizabeth’s death after 70 years on the throne.

Meinzer, co-moderator of The Royal Reporthe said news week Podcast: “It just seems like a really bad attempt to turn the press into your PR agency and the press shouldn’t be your PR agency. Frankly, the press should be a free press, and that’s part of a robust democracy.

“Is the royal family saying, ‘Actually, we’re not pro-democracy anymore? We just want the press to report things that make us look good?’ What are they saying, they’re not pro-democracy anymore? They’re pro-censorship?”

“They wanted wall-to-wall coverage,” Meinzer said, “and then they put all these outlets on a very strict schedule of what they can use, and I just have to say, as someone who’s worked in production, that.” is too much work.

“It’s too pretentious and essentially tells the press, ‘We don’t take your work seriously. We really just want to take our reputation seriously.'”

The dispute became public after industry officials revealed it to a UK newspaper The guard that British networks were concerned about the impact of the palace rules.

The hour-long roll was to contain 12 minutes of footage from the funeral service at Westminster Abbey in London; 12 minutes of the surrender service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire; and just minutes from the vigils at Westminster Hall, London and St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh.

Even more controversial, however, was a clip at an accession council meeting in which Charles was frustrated because a pen was left on a desk that was too small.

The palace should veto footage of the entire event, and other clips would also need approval before use, it said The guard.

Jack Royston, The Royal Report Co-host, said: “I think this is extraordinary decision-making. It feels like we’re living in the 1990s when we’re actually living in the digital age.

“People have already picked it up. The most inflammatory clips from all this time are already all over TikTok and Twitter.

“There’s already stuff on YouTube, and all of that stuff is out there. All that really does is that the mainstream outlets, who are probably more respectful in the way they’re tackling some of these issues, are the ones who aren’t going to be investigating what really happened,” Royston said .

“It means that people are then all the more dependent on the versions that appear on social media.”

“It’s an unnecessary fight,” Royston continued, “and do you really want to get the media out of joint so early in Charles’ reign?” King Charles’ Palace “Turning the Press into Your PR Agency” Podcast

Rick Schindler

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