Channel 4 News announce General Election coverage.
“This is the fourth major vote in the UK in as many years; so this gives us the opportunity to do things differently having learned so much from the previous polls. We’re going to go super local with as much of the show coming from as many places in the UK as possible with the issues they care about. Add to that the unrivalled insights of Gary Gibbon and the irrepressible curiosity of Michael Crick as well as our presenters, our coverage is going to be unmissable.” – Channel 4 News Editor Ben de Pear
Channel 4 News will be asking the British people, as much as the politicians, what they expect to see from the UK in the near future. With the election dominated by the looming Brexit negotiations, the programme will explore the core issues and concerns of people living in the UK at this moment in history. Its team of journalists will be travelling the length and breadth of the country to report the local issues which reflect the national situation.
Alongside its studio in London, Channel 4 News will also embed multiple teams in Scotland, Wales, Manchester, across the Midlands, the North East and the West Country to ensure every part of the UK gets to have its voice heard. Presenter Jackie Long will front a series of special films in the North East, while Political Editor Gary Gibbon and Business Editor Siobhan Kennedy will focus on the key marginal of the West Midlands “Engine” to take a regular temperature check. Wolverhampton will host a large Q&A in May (provisional date: May 24) with an audience featuring a cross-section of society which will focus on the topic of inter-generational inequality.
Channel 4 News will also provide comprehensive coverage across its digital platforms – with a particular concentration on fact-checking. The award-winning FactCheck team has been expanded for the General Election and will be publishing a steady stream of blogs and shareable social media-friendly videos, repeating the successful formula of the EU Referendum, where FactCheck videos garnered over 13 million views on Facebook.
Other programming on the network includes May v Corbyn Live: The Battle for Number 10 in a joint venture with Sky News which will see interviews with the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition, live Alternative Election Night results show fronted by Jeremy Paxman, a two hour live special of The Last Leg and a General Election edition of The Fake News Show.
“Channel 4 has a strong track record of bringing elections alive, particularly for young audiences. This time we’re combining tough-talking current affairs with comedy and entertainment to really engage viewers with the big issues.” – Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt
Channel 4 News airs nightly at 7pm on the network.