As the United Kingdom prepares to elect a new government, the BBC’s international news services will offer a one-stop-shop for audiences around the globe. Whether they are watching BBC World News or exploring the online offer at BBC.com/ukelection, audiences will receive the latest updates and analysis as the campaign gains momentum and moves towards the all-important polling day and count on May 7th.
The coverage will recognise the significance of the general election, not just in the United Kingdom, but internationally right across the world. Audiences can rely on the BBC’s trusted team of journalists for reports on all the major milestones.
On BBC World News TV
As 2015 marks the 750th anniversary of the first elected Parliament at Westminster, a place associated around the world with democracy at work, BBC World News will take viewers behind the scenes in a new series Inside the Commons by award-winning film maker Michael Cockerell. The four-part documentary goes deep inside the corridors of the Palace of Westminster in the year preceding this election to reveal what really goes on. With exclusive access, never before granted, the series offers a glimpse into the weird and wonderful world of Westminster – with its 2,000 rooms, 110 staircases and miles of corridors – and asks whether Parliament is fit for purpose in the 21st century. Inside the Commons continues on BBC World News on Saturdays at 11:10 and 23:10 and Sundays at 17:10.
Also on the international TV news channel, BBC World News presenters Matthew Amroliwala and Philippa Thomas, along with correspondent Christian Fraser, will guide viewers through the parties and their policies whilst also providing daily round ups, explainers and the key statistics as the campaign moves around the UK.
Other key programming includes a special BBC Question Time hosted by David Dimbleby. To be broadcast on BBC World News on April 30th, just one week before the vote, it will feature individual interviews with the three main party leaders; David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg, undertaken in front of a studio audience.
Then on election night, May 7th, as the exit polls come in, BBC World News will be coming together with the BBC’s domestic news channel to bring Election 2015 to viewers around the world. The flagship TV results programme will be hosted by David Dimbleby alongside a team of specialist correspondents and will include innovative state of the art graphics depicting the all-important results. As dawn breaks in the UK on May 8th, Huw Edwards takes over until the final results become clear. Once the count is done, the World News team will be on hand to help global audiences understand who will be forming the UK’s next government.
Online at BBC.com/ukelection
At BBC.com/ukelection there will be a wealth of content, covering the latest news from the campaign trail with a minute-by-minute news tracker, video explainers, opinion poll trackers and reports offering insight into what the results mean for the UK and beyond. In addition, there will be opportunities for the audience to get involved via social media.
The team will also use the BBC’s network of journalists across the world to provide global context around the content. In the US, Anthony Zurcher, the BBC’s North America Reporter, will travel across the pond with his new political blog ‘Campaignspotting’ to cover the UK elections with an American take on the politics and pageantry.
Announcing the comprehensive coverage promised by the BBC’s international services, Richard Porter, Editorial & Digital Director for BBC World News and BBC.com/news said: “Election 2015 is a landmark event for Britain and audiences around the world can expect BBC World News to give it the full coverage it deserves. As ever our reporting will reflect the values our global audiences expect from us – covering all sides of the stories, challenging the leading politicians on their policies, giving clarity on the most complex issues. That, combined with respecting and reporting the traditions of Parliament, whilst using the latest technology to help bring clarity to the issues, is what makes the BBC’s coverage so distinctive. I hope our audiences will stay with us right the way through to May 7th, and beyond.”
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