Australian Royalists complain to Channel Nine after Today show hosts stopped wearing black while covering the Queen’s death
Channel Nine has received complaints from royalists after Today show host Allison Langdon appeared in a dark green outfit instead of black last Monday.
Network news anchors had observed a strict all-black dress code since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, but an attempt to revert to standard dress was rebuffed by some viewers.
Langdon, 43, co-hosted the show from Buckingham Palace with journalist Charles Croucher, who wore a dark blue suit and red tie during the broadcast.
Royalists complained to Channel Nine after Today show hosts Allison Langdon (right) and Charles Croucher (left) stopped wearing black during live coverage of Buckingham Palace
Nine received calls from viewers who criticized the presenters for breaking with the tradition of all-black mourning dress, reports The Australian.
All major networks have imposed strict dress codes on their news divisions ahead of the Queen’s funeral on Monday.
Channel Seven has asked its on-air talents to wear black – even journalists covering local events unrelated to the death of the late monarch.
Nine’s management decided that their on-air talent should wear “soft colors”, but not necessarily all black.
Nine’s newscasters had observed a strict all-black dress code since the Queen’s death, but an attempt to revert to standard dress was rebuffed by some viewers. (Pictured: Today hosts Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon)
However, the all-black rule still applies to the nine journalists covering stories related to the royal family.
Langdon was reprimanded by her Today co-host Karl Stefanovic on Thursday after flirting with a royal protection officer outside Buckingham Palace.
She burst out laughing when Stefanovic urged her to ‘be more respectful’ after Langdon described the royal official, named Simon, as ‘handsome’.
Channel Seven has asked its on-air talents to wear black – even journalists covering local events unrelated to the death of the late monarch. (Photo: Sunrise co-host Natalie Barr and David Koch)
Channel Nine’s breakfast show reported live from London following the death of the Queen of Australia.
Following the Queen’s death, today’s hosts aired seven-and-a-half hours of live coverage on Friday September 9, which began with the news breaking at 4.30am.
They did not hand over to Today Extra presenters Sylvia Jeffreys and David Campbell until noon. Jeffreys and Campbells usually start streaming at 9 a.m.