The news of the queen’s death and the consequent outpouring of pain and respect for the monarch “also translates to the other side of the pond,” said a US broadcaster.
Hal Eisner, a KTTV reporter, said that “a lot of time” was devoted by the American networks to the historical news, adding that it was treated with “just the right amount of solemnity and sentiment.”
He said the “tremendous interest” in current events from the American people and around the world came because the news was about “someone we have known all their lives.”
Mr. Eisner worked as a television reporter for the Los Angeles-based channel, which is part of the Fox network, for 40 years, and previously worked for 15 years on radio in Texas and Louisiana.
During her career she has covered high-profile American stories such as the Columbine school shooting in 1999, the death of Whitney Houston in 2012 and the mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017.
Speaking to the PA news agency about coverage of the Queen’s death following her announcement Thursday, she said, “I think it was very impactful.
“This is the only queen anyone has ever known in their life… it was astounding.
“Here in the United States, many people have not been to England. And when they think of England, what do they think of? They think about the queen.
“So I think this was greeted with just the right amount of solemnity and sentiment.
“You can see by looking at the various news networks, a great deal of time is given to deal with this. The anchors are in London. Time has been granted, the live broadcast is happening.
Mr. Eisner drew parallels with previous major royal events, such as the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, and the marriage of the king and queen consort in 2005.
“There was incredible interest here in the US in these things and I think we will see it again on Monday when the actual funeral takes place,” he told PA.
“I think we’re going to see huge numbers of people watching television, watching on their computers, watching on their phones.”
During her seven-decade reign, the Queen met 13 of the 14 presidents of the United States, from Harry S Truman to Barack Obama and Donald Trump, to current President Joe Biden.
Asked why there was such a high level of interest across the pond, Mr. Eisner said, “Because he’s someone we’ve known all our lives.
“It’s not like if I went to someone and said something about Queen Elizabeth, they would say ‘Queen who?’
“Just the fact that someone can say, the Queen of England, you know exactly what we’re talking about… you didn’t have to say her name to let me know who she was.
“We all know her, we all knew her, we all had an impression of her.”
Mr. Eisner said that through his reporting on the news in Los Angeles he had spoken to many people from both the UK and the US, who all shared a “collective mindset” on the matter.
“Yesterday everyone was talking about the heat. Today everyone is talking about the queen and that says a lot, ”she said.
These are the last days of the Queen of England. I think there is empathy around. I think I look at the king … and feel the emotion. I think she also translates across the pond
The broadcaster Hal Eisner
“Some things bring people together.
“People are moved by it and I think there is huge interest even if you are not in the same country.”
He speculated that even in California, where the funeral is supposed to take place at 5am local time, many would still have made the effort to witness the historic event.
“I think it’s going to be interesting to see who the audience is all over the world,” he said.
“Because if you have two, three, four or five mile long lines of people wanting to pass the coffin and pay their respects, just imagine all the people around the world who have some level of interest and will want to spend a few minutes watching.
“Have their memory of the fact that they spent some time watching it.”
Mr Eisner also speculated that the interest and coverage of grieving events in the UK would have spread for some time.
“These are the last days of the Queen of England. I think there is empathy around, “she told PA.
“I think I’m watching the king, watching William and Harry walk behind (the coffin) and feel the emotion. I think it also translates across the pond.
“It resonates with people.
“People may be divided on this or that issue, but for the most part they still have a heart, and I just think that when the death of someone who has been respected occurs, people tend to show their heart.”