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Networks, Cablers Gearing Up For Royal Wedding

With the Royal Wedding less than 48 hours away (Note: TVNewser will be liveblogging the coverage starting at 4 AM on Friday), the networks and cablers are beginning to gear up for coverage.

CNN’s Piers Morgan gives a brief peek at CNN’s production tent near Buckingham Palace, while also explaining why he thinks he gives CNN’s coverage an edge that the other channel’s do not have

“This accent, and this face—as these security guys will tell you– is a free pass for me anywhere in London,” he says.

Elsewhere, NBC News’ international news director Chris Hampson tells The Hollywood Reporter that coverage of the Wedding is “our biggest international technical build-out ever.”

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Network Rivals Come Together for Common Cause

ABC, CNN and CBS news executives all headed to NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Center headquarters yesterday to discuss the safety and well-being of freelance journalists who increasingly serve the network news divisions worldwide.

NBC News president Steve Capus — the dean of network news executives — invited his colleagues, from ABC News, Ben Sherwood, CBS News’s David Rhodes and CNN’s Bart Feder to the gathering.

NBC’s Brian Williams wrote on his blog yesterday, “Because competition stops at the water’s edge, and because some things — like the safety of journalists — are more important, I’m proud to say we hosted a great luncheon here.”

The presentation was by Tina Carr the director of the Rory Peck Trust, an organization named in memory of Rory Peck, a New York-born freelance cameraman, killed in Moscow in 1995.

Other attendees included, Jeffrey Schneider of ABC, Barbara Levin of CNN; NBC News EPs Jim Bell and Bob Epstein, MSNBC president Phil Griffin and NBC News execs Alex Wallace, David Verdi, Cheryl Gould, Chris Hampson, Stacy Brady and Lauren Kapp. Fox News was invited to, but did not participate in the luncheon.

NBC News London to Move In With ITV

NBCNewsLogo_8.28.jpgFirst on TVNewser: Sources tell TVNewser that over the next two months, NBC News London staffers will move out of their current facility and move in with ITV News, the news division of British broadcaster ITN. We’re told the networks will share a new, state of the art digital workspace.

NBC’s London move is just the latest in what has been series of moves, both domestically and internationally, as American networks face the rising costs of newsgathering with the growing demand of content on more platforms, including the Web and mobile.

NBC News spokesperson Allison Gollust tells TVNewser some NBC News employees will be re-assigned to ITN, while there have been “some voluntary buyouts” over the last six months. “We don’t expect there will be anything additional connected to the move,” Gollust says.

While ABC has long partnered with the BBC. NBC has had an arrangement with ITN for more than 10 years. ITN reporters often show up on NBC News broadcasts. NBC News even hired ITV’s Ian Williams when it opened a Bangkok bureau in October, 2006.

Says Gollust, “Moves like this enable us to dedicate resources in growth areas — making us stronger and better positioned to face the future.”

Chris Hampson remains NBC News London bureau chief.