16:23 29 March 2011
Fearne Cotton and Vernon Kay are among the presenters chosen to cover next month's royal wedding, it has been announced.
The move by the BBC has attracted criticism from some who claim that its chosen team displays a 'lack of gravitas'.
Also chosen by the broadcaster to cover the event were Radio One DJ Edith Bowman, Formula One front man Jake Humphrey and the One Show's Alex Jones.
David Dimbleby has been overlooked for the role of main presenter and will be replaced instead by Huw Edwards.
The BBC has denied that it was dumbing down its coverage by choosing a somewhat youthful cast, with deputy director general Mark Byford describing the team as "strong".
Former Conservative politician Anne Widdecombe has, however, spoken out about the decision, telling the Daily Telegraph:
"To have some new presenters is fine, but you also need a fair amount of gravitas as well.
"I don't mind a bit of new blood, but it is after all a state occasion, not a pop wedding."
Prince William and Kate Middleton are set to get married at Westminster Abbey on 29 April.
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