TORONTO, (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — CTV announced today it will join an international list of broadcasters from around the planet – including NBC, BBC, and RTL – telecasting a concert celebrating the life of Diana, Princess of Wales. As the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of Concert for Diana, CTV will connect Canadians with an expected worldwide audience of half a billion households when it broadcasts the day-long concert live from London's Wembley Stadium on Canada Day, Sunday, July 1. The date would have been the late princess' 46th birthday and comes as plans continue to unfold for events marking the Princess of Wales' death 10 years ago on August 31, 1997.
Organized by Prince William and Prince Harry, Concert for Diana features a mix of their mother's and their own favourite artists, including Elton John, Joss Stone, Pharrell Williams, Bryan Ferry, Duran Duran and The English National Ballet. Additional acts will be announced later this month.
"We wanted to have this big concert full of energy, full of the sort of fun and happiness which I know she would have wanted," said Prince William when plans for the concert were announced last November. "It's got to be the best birthday present she ever had."
"It's fitting that this very special and personal celebration of the life and work of the Princess of Wales will air on Canada Day on CTV," said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group. "The Princess not only shared a birthday with Canadians but also an affinity for making this world a better place in which to live." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers