Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 8 May 2018

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Hello and welcome to our weekly travel media and technology bulletin featuring the latest developments on media and technology around the world, published every Tuesday at 06:00 BST.

The Eurovision Song Contest

There is simply no better display of pan European geopolitics than the Eurovision Song Contest.

The final of the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest, one of the longest running and most watched non-sporting events in the world, takes place in Lisbon on Saturday 12 May. It will be broadcast to an estimated audience of 200 million.

It has long been regarded in the UK as something of a joke. However, in recent years, thanks to Sweden in particular, the final has become an increasingly ambitious production. And of course, there is the voting, where loyalties and rivalries come to the fore.

In the UK, the BBC will air the two semi-finals on BBC4 tonight, Tuesday 8 May and on Thursday 10 May, all at 20:00. The Saturday final, where 26 finalisits will perform, is on BBC1 at 20:00 with commentary from Graham Norton.

As well as being shown across Europe, the final is shown live in Australia on SBS which embraces the contest with gusto, and Logo TV in the US.

The Royal Wedding

Broadcasters on both sides of the atlantic are preparing for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday 19 May 2018.

On the day itself, in the UK, Huw Edwards, Kirsty Young and Dermot O’Leary lead BBC TV coverage on BBC One from 09:00 to 14:00. The BBC is likely to strike a slightly lighter tone than the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton where it was criticised for being a little too stately. (BBC Media Centre)

BBC One coverage will also be simulcast outside the UK on BBC World News and BBC America.

Philip Schofield and Julie Etchingham will present for ITV from 09:25 to 15:00. Sky News will be the only UK broadcaster to present coverage entirely in Ultra High Definition (ironically the ceremony itself is being filmed by the BBC), led by Kay Burley and Anna Botting from 09:00 to 15:00.

Channel 4, not normally known for its Royal coverage, examines “The Meghan Markle Effect” the night before the wedding. (Channel 4 Press)

It is no exaggeration to say that literally thousands of staff from the American networks will descend on Windsor to present their own coverage.

On ABC, Robin Roberts and David Muir present an extended edition of “Good Morning America” from 05:00 – 10:00 EDT. Special editions of Today, World News Tonight and 20/20 will also be presented from Windsor in the week of the wedding. (ABC Press)

On NBC, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb present an extended edition of “Today” from 04:30 – 11:00 EDT. NBC will also have a primetime special on the wedding on Wednesday 16 May and present Today from Windsor on Friday 18 May. (NBC News)

Bloomberg Paywall

Bloomberg has introduced an online paywall.

Readers are now able to read 9 free articles a month (we would not be surprised to see that gradually diminish over time). Digital subscriptions are priced at $34.99 a month with an introductory six month offer of $9.99 at month. Editor In Chief John Micklethwait explains the rationale. (Bloomberg)

Also of note this week:

Instagram introduces new filters to hide bullying comments online. (Instagram)

Sonos has been issuing teasers for a press event in San Francisco on 6 June 2018 where it is expected to unveil a new smart speaker.

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