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RTE and TV3 to provide extensive TV, radio and web coverage of week's historic events

ALMOST every moment of the queen's visit will be covered by RTE radio, television and internet, while TV3 will also broadcast in-depth reporting.

Television coverage today on RTE will include the arrival of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh at Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel; their visit to Aras an Uachtarain to meet President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin; a wreath-laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance; and a visit to Trinity College, Dublin.

TV3 will begin its coverage on 'Ireland AM', with an analysis of security implications and the politics of the visit, with previews of the main events in the queen's itinerary.

'The Morning Show' with Sybil and Martin will take a look at previous royal visits, with a feature on royal etiquette, while 'Midday' will be extended from 11.40am to 1.30pm.

'TV3 News' at 5.30pm will show highlights of the visit. Alan Cantwell will be anchoring from different locations each day.

RTE will also provide extensive live TV, radio and online coverage, with special programmes and extended news bulletins.

Listeners can also follow the visit across the Radio 1 schedule. There will be an extended 'Today with Pat Kenny' programme today, while Myles Dungan will provide commentary on key events during the afternoon.

The station will also show 'The Queen and Us' tonight, where RTE's Northern editor Tommie Gorman will explore the importance of the first state visit by a reigning British monarch and why it is happening now.

RTE news specials over the course of the visit will be available on the online channel, RTE News Now.

Irish Independent