Katie Couric has two prime-time specials lined up for ABC — one for late this month and another to air in June, TVNewser.com reports.
Both specials focus on Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. A Couric-hosted special set for May 29 will feature what’s being billed as an exclusive interview with Princess Diana’s sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, talking about Queen Elizabeth, their grandmother. The show will air from 9-11 p.m. ET.
ABC has also acquired the U.S. rights to “Concert for the Queen: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration,” which will air Tuesday, June 5. The special will be hosted by Couric and will include performances by Paul McCartney, Elton John and Tom Jones, among others.
Additionally, ABC’s “Good Morning America” will originate from London during the week of the jubilee celebration.
Is there a connection between the exclusive interviews with the princes and ABC’s having shelled out for the rights to the concert? ABC says the two are unrelated, but the report points out: “The Royal Family does seem to have a habit of giving exclusive interviews to U.S. TV news outlets whose parent companies pay up for entertainment programming associated with them. In 2010 Prince Charles gave an exclusive interview to NBC’s Brian Williams, an interview that NBC insists had nothing to do with the fact that it had just acquired the U.S. rights to ‘Harmony,’ a film documenting and celebrating Charles’ environmental activism.”