As you would expect, SKY NEWS is promising: THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE FEDERAL ELECTION DAY BROADCAST IN AUSTRALIAN HISTORY.
Sky News will bring election coverage over not one but TWO channels, as well as their range of digital interactive services on offer.
Here is the press release:
When Australia goes to the polls next Saturday, August 21, SKY NEWS, Australia’s News Channel, will deliver unparalleled coverage of one of the closest elections in history.
In the most comprehensive live broadcast ever staged for a Federal Election, SKY NEWS’ coverage will feature a combination of unique digital TV channel offerings and reporting teams in key electorates across the nation.
SKY NEWS’ reporting team of specialist political journalists will be headed by Political Editor David Speers, with Chief Political Reporter Kieran Gilbert, Political Reporters Ashleigh Gillon and David Lipson, together with the highly-respected Helen Dalley, and political contributor Peter Van Onselen.
SKY NEWS reporters on assignment around the country includes; Michael Willesee, Celina Edmonds, Leigh Hatcher and Bridie Barry along with SKY NEWS local correspondents in all major states.
David Speers will anchor the coverage from Sydney and will be joined in studio by an exclusive panel of experts headed by former Prime Minister Bob Hawke (Chanel 601).
Peter Van Onselen will anchor coverage from the National Tally Room in Canberra (Channel 602).
Both channels 601 and 602 will operate as separate broadcasts, and will simulcast during key moments as the result unfolds throughout the evening.
SKY NEWS Chief Executive, Angelos Frangopoulos, said “SKY NEWS will deliver the most comprehensive and in-depth coverage of an election ever mounted by an Australian broadcaster, and this time we are also taking our coverage worldwide live in another breakthrough.
“SKY NEWS is dedicated to leadership in political reporting and investment in innovation and journalism to give consumers ever-better quality and choices”.
SKY NEWS Election Day coverage begins at 5.30am with First Edition. Later in the day, an exclusive exit poll conducted for SKY NEWS by Auspoll will provide early pointers to the likely result.
The broadcast will include instant live updates from the campaign headquarters of both leaders. Ashleigh Gillon will be with Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Melbourne and Kieran Gilbert will be with Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, in Sydney.
SKY NEWS will also have reporters with live cameras in ten key electorates spanning across Australia from Townsville (Far North Queensland) in the North, Launceston (Tasmania) in the South, Bondi Junction (New South Wales) in the East and Perth (Western Australia) in the West.
The SKY NEWS Election Night panel includes:
· Bob Hawke, former Labor Prime Minister
· John Hewson, Former Opposition Leader
· Senator Eric Abetz, Liberal Senator for Tasmania
· Senator Penny Wong, Environment Minister
· Tony Burke, Sustainable Population Minister
· Fiona Nash, Nationals Senate Deputy Leader
· Bruce Hawker, Labor Strategist
· Grahame Morris, Liberal Adviser
For this Election, SKY NEWS has developed a state-of-the-art program of digital graphics, assisting David Speers and the team to provide instant information and analysis and providing viewers with unrivalled explanatory displays.
The SKY NEWS broadcast will be delivered live nationally on cable and satellite, as well as online and on mobile networks. In addition, the SKY NEWS Election Day broadcast will be made available live to 98% of the globe through an exclusive 7-satellite network that SKY NEWS has commissioned for the day.
SKY NEWS MULTIVIEW provides unparalleled coverage with eight simultaneous split-screens of video and text choices, and two additional channels dedicated solely to each of the major parties with The Labor Channel and The Coalition Channel.
SKY NEWS’ main election coverage will be streamed live on www.skynews.com.au and on News Limited websites.
SKY NEWS is the only broadcaster to have covered every Federal, State and Territory election live and nationally for the past decade. Australia’s News Channels also provides Australia’s only public affairs channel A-PAC.
* Note: All programs listed are in AEST
Read about what all the other channels are doing August 21 HERE.