Election day 2010 – it’s here!
If you want to keep up to date with the progress of the count on the night, there will be plenty of choices. If you don’t, then you still have plenty of options, thanks mostly to free to air digital channels and Pay TV.
Here’s the guide as to what will be on TV Saturday August 21. Updated with programming changes as of August 21.
Virtually within seconds of the election being called, Nine sent out a press release spruiking their election night coverage featuring Laurie Oakes, amongst others. On Nine, election coverage will start from 5pm with a one hour special looking at the campaign and how the two leaders have faired. After the 6pm news, Nine will broadcast live from the tally room with expert opinion and analysis through the night. SA and WA viewers will see the coverage live.
Weekend Today will be extended to 10am with both Julia and Tony appearing on the show.
Read more about Nine’s coverage here.
Check out Nine’s promo for their Election Coverage here.
Seven will have a special Saturday edition of the 4.30pm news at 4.30pm (eastern states only). This will be followed by live coverage from 5pm and then 6.30pm after their 6pm news. Seven’s election night coverage will also feature up to date news, information and views as the counting continues through the night. Seven’s coverage will be live across the nation, meaning it starts at 4.30 in SA and 3pm in WA.
Weekend Sunrise is extended to 10am.
Read more about Seven’s election night coverage here.
ABC1 and ABC News 24:
Live coverage starts at 6pm eastern, 5.30pm in SA/NT and 4pm in WA on both ABC1 and ABC News 24, and will be hosted by Kerry O’Brien from Canberra’s Tally room. ABC’s coverage will also stream live online. For more information about ABC’s election night coverage, click here.
ABC News 24
Apart from the coverage after 6pm that airs on ABC1 as well, ABC News 24 have abandoned regular programming for 2 days to bring non-stop election coverage over Saturday Aug 21 and Sunday Aug 22. Read more here.
Ten news at Five will actually be live around the country on Saturday August 21, meaning it will air at 4.30pm in SA and 3pm in WA. Ten’s news will be a special 90 minute bulletin covering the days’ events and will be followed by a VERY special 7PM Project called: The 7PM Election Project.
In eastern states, The 7PM Election Project will be seen at 6.30pm, followed by AFL at 7.30pm. After the AFL at 11pm eastern, will be a one hour news special updating election results.
AFL on that night is Adelaide Vs Collingwood – seen at 7.30pm in Melbourne and Brisbane, Live at 6.30pm in Adelaide and 5.30pm in Perth. In Sydney, it’s the Sydney Swans Vs Western Bulldogs from 7.30pm.
The live AFL in Adelaide also means they will miss out on half of the 7PM Election Project.
Ten In summary:
East / SA / WA
5.00 / 4.30 / 3.00 Ten News
6.30 / 6.00 / 4.30 The 7pm Election Project
7.30 / 6.30 / 5.30 AFL
10.30 / 10.00 / 8.30 Ten News Election Wrap Up
11.30 / 11.00 / 11.30 Movie Idiocracy.
Note: Perth has another movie TBA at 9.30pm between the news and Idiocracy.
Note also: Before the Game will not be seen that night.
Read more about Ten’s coverage here.
Updated. World News Australia will air from 6.30 – 7.30pm, followed by Monster Moves at 7.30pm.
Then Saturday Aug 21, 8.30pm – 10:30pm AEST: News anchor Anton Enus and Chief Political Correspondent Karen Middleton host a live panel program as the results come in, joined by expert political commentators.
Sky news Australia
Naturally Sky News Australia will provide comprehensive multi-channel and interactive election coverage, spear-headed (ha!) by their political editor David Speers – who will no doubt need some well earnt time off after the election. On the night, Sky News will offer election coverage on both channels 601 and 602.
Sky News’ is also advertising rolling coverage from 5.30am.
To read more about SKY NEW’s most comprehensive election coverage in Australian history (their words, not mine), click HERE.
All other Pay TV channels business as usual – as you’d expect!
Free to Air Digital Channels
If you want to escape all the election coverage on the main channels, then check out what is on the digital channels.
ONE – Your election night sports fix.
Pretty much business as usual on ONE, covering the AFL the same time as Ten, with Sports Tonight at 7pm eastern and the AFL post game show after the AFL.
At 11.25pm eastern, see live German Football as Hoffenheim take on Werder Bremen.
SBS TWO – Docos and movies.
Programming includes the Squiz at 6pm, A Fork in Australia at 6.30, Cooking in the Danger Zone at 7pm and History of Britain at 7.30. A French murder mystery called Spiral at 8.30, followed by the French movie Lemming at 9.30. German movie 666: In Bed with the Devil follows at 11.45.
7TWO – Best of British night.
Business as usual on 7TWO with Doctor Finlay at 6.30, Heartbeat 7.30, Lewis at 8.30 and Minder at 10.30.
GO! – for Saturday night movies.
Updated. Movies on GO on August 21 include Blast From the Past from 6pm followed by Wedding Crashers at 8.30pm. Late change. At 11pm, if you missed the premiere of Spartacus: Blood and Sand on Wednesday night, you can see an encore at 11pm Saturday night.
ABC2 – Entertainment election escape!
Programming includes IPC Swimming highlights from 6, then Heartland at 6.45 and Heart and Soul at 7.35. The 1968 movie Once Upon a Time in the West is on at 8.30 followed by Gulliver’s Travels – made in 1939 – at 11.10.
ABC3 – Children’s election escape!
6pm The Twisted Whiskers Show followed by Escape from Scorpian Island at 6.30. Then it’s Rush TV from 7 and Good Game at 7.25. From 7.45pm see four episodes in a row of Dragon Booster before the channel closes for the night at 9.10.
I’ve always wondered why ABC3 doesn’t run later on weekend as many kids stay up past 9pm on a Saturday.
Note: All programming here subject to change by the respective networks. All details above prepared using advanced guides and press releases provided by the various networks.