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Wednesday, 3 April, 2002, 18:04 GMT 19:04 UK
Dimblebys head royal coverage
David Dimbleby
David Dimbleby also hosts the BBC's Question Time
The Queen Mother's ceremonial procession will see David Dimbleby presenting for the BBC, while his younger brother Jonathan will front ITV1's coverage.

The Queen Mother's coffin will be carried in a ceremonial procession from St James's Palace to Westminster Hall on Friday, where it will lie in state until 8 April.

The Dimblebys follow in the footsteps of their father Richard who worked on the broadcast of the funeral of King George VI - the husband of the Queen Mother - and his lying in state nearly 50 years ago.
Jonathan Dimbleby
Jonathan will present from a studio overlooking the palace

Both the BBC and ITV know their coverage on Friday and for the funeral on Tuesday will be under close scrutiny.

The BBC has already been criticised by some members of the press for the way it handled the announcement of the Queen Mother's death on Saturday, although it has strongly refuted claims of insensitivity.

The Queen's communications secretary, Simon Walker, also wrote to Mark Byford, the BBC's director of World Service, who is deputising for director general Greg Dyke while he is on holiday, saying there were no complaints.

Jonathan Dimbleby has been chosen to lead ITV's reports from a studio overlooking Buckingham Palace and The Mall.

Princess of Wales

He will be joined by Dame Vera Lynn, who has been associated with the Queen Mother for many years. Royal biographer Robert Lacey will also offering his thoughts.

Commentary during the actual procession, provided by ITN, will be given by John Suchet, who performed the same task for the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.

Queen Mother's coffin
The coffin will be taken to Westminster Hall on Friday

He also was commentator at the Queen Mother's Pageant in 2000.

Professor Simon Schama, presenter of the BBC series A History of Britain and royal commentator Tom Fleming will also cover the events on Friday and at the funeral.

BBC newsreader Fiona Bruce will be with crowds paying their respects at Westminster Hall, while Brian Hanrahan will be reporting from Windsor on the day of the funeral.

On BBC Radio, Today presenter James Naughtie will lead the joint coverage on Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live, while royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell will be in the studio for Friday's procession and outside the Abbey entrance for the funeral service.

A BBC radio commentary team including Fergal Keane and former Today presenter Sue MacGregor will cover the events on both days.

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