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Royal commentators such as Katie Nicholl, Ingrid Seward and Andrew Morton are also in high demand. Many organizations have even inked lucrative contracts with royal insiders for use of their expertise _ and accents. Most experts have been locked into deals months in advance.

Boyce said finding a balance between hard news and a royal, celebrity-type event is a daily part of newsmaking.

“People want some good news as well,” Boyce pointed out. “There’s darkness, light, that’s life.”

NBC will also be sending “an army of people” to London. “It will be hundreds,” according to a person familiar with the planning who asked not to be named because she wasn’t authorized to speak to reporters.

The impact of the influx of journalists expected in London is more pronounced because news organizations are attempting to compensate for diminished numbers in foreign bureaus _ or for the fact that many bureaus have been closed altogether. Most newspapers have dramatically slimmed their international staffs to cut costs, relying on wire services to fill the gap.

But the wedding has so much appeal that organizations with cash will invest _ despite financial pressures.

“It’s a story that we would not consider scaling back on,” said Dennis Moore, USA Today’s entertainment team leader.