The BBC will broadcast four minutes of material live from the city, hopefully showing
the conclusion of Frenchman Ramon Kelvinks daring walk.
Kelvinks feat is due to begin at 9.20pm with the BBC going live from the scene at
9.36pm, and the Frenchman has told organisers that only gale force winds stop him.
Pete Walters of Coventry and Warwickshire Promotions, which is co-organising the event
with the City Centre Company, believes it is great news for the whole of the city.
"I am sure that it is one of the most unique and visually pleasing events to be
taking place across the country, and I am not surprised that it has attracted television
"The BBC has said that as well as going out on the domestic channel the walk may
also be shown on World Service so that would obviously mean a massive audience.
"It would be fitting because Coventry actually has a far better established
reputation around the world than it actually does in this country, with Germany, Russia
and Ireland all recognising the Citys historical value.
"It will be great for Coventry and although other cities in the Midlands have got
slots during the evening, this is a real prime time location."
It is now hoped that other television companies will join the BBC in covering the event
with Walters admitting there has been further interest.
"Both ITN and Sky Television have enquired about the walk and I would be very
surprised if they were not here.
"After all you cannot get anything better suited to television than a man in white
walking across a night sky on a tightrope between two historic cathedral spires."
The only disappointment about the event so far has been the lack of corporate
sponsorship to help cover the costs, but Walters stresses it will remain free to the
"I know there are other cities running schemes where you have to pay to see the
attractions but we want ours to be free.
"I have been surprised at the lack of interest from sponsors especially since the
television coverage is very conducive to promoting companies."