What comes next?  – Deadline

What comes next? – Deadline

What comes next?  – Deadline

Queen Elizabeth II, the world’s second-longest-reigning monarch, died on Thursday at the age of 96, prompting the media to begin preparing for Operation London Bridge. It is the official plan, also known as London Bridge Is Down, for what will happen in Britain after her death.

Deadline understands that major news organizations have been in preparation mode for months since the Queen first showed signs of ill health, with planning meetings at some networks going silent from monthly to weekly.

Buckingham Palace has never given a protocol-oriented briefing on the next steps after the Queen’s death, but it gives regular off-the-record briefings to allow the media to plan. Newspapers will have days’ coverage ready for use.

Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life and Duty to Serve Photo Gallery

A media rush to Balmoral is now taking place, with flight tracking apps showing several executive jets chartered to fly to Aberdeen, the closest airport to the Queen’s Scottish home.

Major networks will be somewhat thrown that the Queen’s death took place at Balmoral, with the latest planning based on the assumption that it would have happened at London’s Buckingham Palace.

All other news coverage will shut down for the foreseeable future on all UK channels, and TV programs are likely to be pulled from schedules for several days. Broadcasters have contacted producers this afternoon and told them their shows will likely be pulled and promotional ads and tweets will cease, a source told Deadline. BBC news journalists and broadcasters almost immediately changed to black clothing, believed to be part of Operation London Bridge, a series of protocols that dictate how the Queen’s death is announced and what happens immediately afterwards.

Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life and Duty to Serve Photo Gallery

On Thursday when the news of the Queen’s death was confirmed, the BBC logo changed from the usual red to black.

Thousands of reporters will fly in from overseas for what has always been predicted to be one of the last big news stories of this TV news era before the digital revolution really takes hold. Notably, every major US network will be preparing fleets of reporters to head across the pond, and Deadline will update you on those plans separately.

Operation London Bridge will continue over the coming days.

Preparations for the funeral, which will take place in about a week’s time, according to a Guardian Long Read at London Bridge, will be set over the next few days, and the funeral itself will take place on a hastily arranged bank holiday. Expect wall-to-wall coverage around the world for what is likely to be one of the most-watched broadcasts of all time.

Shortly after the funeral, the Queen’s son, Prince Charles, will be crowned as the new King of England, taking his place at Buckingham Palace in another major televised event.

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