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Seven and Nine go ad-free for Royal Wedding

Australia’s two major commercial television networks will drop advertising for the duration of tonight’s Royal Wedding ceremony .

Both Nine and Seven are ditching their normal schedules to cover the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Nine will feature the BBC’s coverage while Seven will turn to ITV’s Tim Ewart.

The wedding service will also be aired on ABC and SBS.

Nine and Seven’s coverage will kick off at 7pm eastern, with ABC and SBS’s broadcasts starting half an hour later.

The first couple of hours will focus on coverage of guests arriving at the service in Windsor, with the Royal family due to arrive at around 8.20pm.

The ceremony itself will kick off at about 9pm and last for an hour. Both Seven and Nine have vowed to air no ads during the ceremony.

Seven is even putting the ceremony on its main channel in WA, despite the AFL game between Sydney and Fremantle, which will be on 7mate instead.

With the exception of Ten, the TV networks have invested in sending talent to the wedding, with presenters from Nine’s Today Show and Seven’s Sunrise among those flying in.

Today’s Karl Stefanovic and Georgie Gardner will anchor Nine’s coverage

Ten – which has seen its current affairs budget drastically reduced in recent years – will be the only network not to broadcast the wedding. Instead, it will air back-to-back episodes of UK reality documentary Ambulance.

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