SKY NEWS, Australia’s News Channel, will be the only channel to watch next Saturday, March 26, as New South Wales residents head to the polls and the fate of the State is decided.
Labor Premier Kristina Keneally is in for the fight of her political life against Liberal challenger Barry O’Farrell in what is already billed as the most dramatic Australian state election campaign in recent years.
The SKY NEWS election team, headed by Political Editor David Speers, will begin the comprehensive live coverage from 5.30am AEDT – with rolling updates on major announcements.
Throughout the day SKY NEWS reporters Gemma Veness, Celina Edmonds and Vanessa Trezise will be tracking developments and the mood around the state – and in the evening will be with the Premier, the Opposition Leader and in key seats.
SKY NEWS will also release the details of an exclusive SKY NEWS exit poll, conducted by Auspoll, from 5.00pm.
As the results start coming in, Speers and an expert panel, spanning both political camps, will guide viewers through the election night – analysing wins and losses for the parties, key policies and how outcomes will affect NSW residents.
The unrivalled panel will include the host of SKY News’ own weekly political show “Richo”, former Labor powerbroker Graham Richardson, as well as Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke, Labor’s former Federal Minister Joel Fitzgibbons, former State Minister Joel Tripodi, and former Deputy Premier John Watkins. Providing views for the Coalition will be Federal Shadow Minister Senator Helen Coonan, former Liberal Leader Kerry Chikarovski, former Transport Minister Bruce Baird, former Liberal leader Peter Debnam and Shadow Minister Mike Baird.
SKY News political reporter Keiran Gilbert will be live from the News Centre with Labor strategist Bruce Hawker and former Howard Chief-of-Staff, Grahame Morris.
In addition to the extensive broadcast coverage on SKY NEWS NATIONAL (Channel 601) and SKY NEWS SYDNEY (Channel 600):
SKY NEWS MULTIVIEW will be the only news broadcast to have dedicated screens for all major parties. Plus the latest updates will be streamed via Twitter and Facebook, with SMS alerts as news breaks.
Skynews.com.au will track the vote count in all seats as well as highlighting the latest analysis and comment.
SKY NEWS NATIONAL will also feature a state of the art on-screen ticker with real time vote counts for individual electorates.
SKY NEWS is dedicated 24/7 to the best live coverage of news from around Australia and the world, including on SKY NEWS National, SKY NEWS Business, SKY NEWS LOCAL channels, and the APAC public affairs channel.
Only SKY NEWS offers multi-channel, multi-platform coverage of 2011 NSW State Election.