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Kay Burley to lead Sky News General Election Night coverage


Kay Burley to lead Sky News General Election Night coverage

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Following the announcement yesterday by Tory PM Rishi Sunak that a General Election will be held in July, Sky News has confirmed their coverage…

2024 was always going to see a General Election across the UK called, Channel 4 News announced their plans back in April. Today Sky News revealed their line-up for coverage on July 4th and July 5th with Kay Burley and Sophy Ridge confirmed to lead Sky’s coverage. They will be joined by Beth Rigby, Trevor Phillips, Ed Conway and Sam Coates as well as Andy Burnham and Ruth Davidson providing expert analysis.

“Chief Presenter Kay Burley will anchor Election Night Live, the overnight results programme, from a 360-degree immersive studio normally used by Sky Sports shows like Monday Night Football. Get the full story, first, in the upcoming UK General Election with Sky News’ political team and special guests from a state-of-art studio.” –  Sky News

Kay, who will be covering her 12th UK General Election, will be joined by award-winning Political Editor Beth Rigby, Sunday show presenter Sir Trevor Phillips, and data and economics editor Ed Conway. Mayor of Greater Manchester, and former Labour MP, Andy Burnham will join former MSP and Leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Baroness Ruth Davidson, to provide guest analysis.

Professor Michael Thrasher will lead Sky News psephology team, as he has at every election since 1989.

Kay Burley, Chief Presenter:

“This will be my 12th UK general election. I’m as committed to top rate, fast, accurate coverage in 2024 as I was when Margaret Thatcher became PM in 1979.”

From 7am the following day, Lead Politics Presenter Sophy Ridge, host of Sky’s Politics Hub, will be live from Westminster bringing viewers every development as the election result is absorbed and plans for the next government are made. Sophy will be joined by Deputy Political Editor Sam Coates and Sky News contributor Adam Boulton across what will be a historic day, as the nation awaits the next Prime Minister.

Audiences will be able to find out what’s really happening, first, with Sky News reporters and cameras at election counts up and down the UK revealing the dramatic results and hearing from candidates from across the political spectrum.

David Rhodes, Executive Chairman, Sky News:

“We saw a tremendous response to our coverage of this month’s local elections—and we’ll have much, much more to offer at this UK General Election, with the most experienced team, plus the most comprehensive data and analysis, presented online and on TV from the most state-of-the-art studio in the country.  Our political team is the best in the business—Kay, Sophy, Beth, Trevor, Ed, Sam, and more are ready to bring audiences the full story, first.”

Making use of the studio’s expansive arena-shaped space, Ed Conway will examine the live data on the massive canvas of an LED floor and walls, giving pioneering election analysis that will dig into the facts and figures. The Sky News team will take viewers through the key results on the night, making use of this new technology to explain the polling data from every angle, offering viewers the full story on the night.

Plus, there will be an exciting way to reveal the exit poll and winner of the race for No. 10 with an immersive to-scale AR Downing Street.

Sophy Ridge, Lead Politics Presenter:

“As a political obsessive, elections are like Christmas for me – but this one could be even more of a blockbuster than usual. We could be waking up to a very different country the morning after – with a new mandate and manifesto to solving the substantial problems the United Kingdom faces – so along with the chaos and excitement I’ll have my eye on what it means for all of us. At Sky News we’ll be covering the news rollercoaster minute by minute and hour by hour (and there will be many hours!) and I’m looking forward to sharing the journey with you.” 

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