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Foxtel announces launch of dedicated Sky News Election Channel

NewsKevin Perry

Foxtel and Sky News have announced the launch of a dedicated Sky News Election Channel.

The new channel will launch on Sunday May 1 providing live coverage from the campaign trails across Australia and the United States.

With 2016 shaping up as an unprecedented election year, the dedicated political channel will include LIVE 24-hour coverage of news conferences, policy announcements and events in the lead up to Australia’s Federal Election and the US Presidential Election in November.

The Sky News Election Channel will be part of the Foxtel Entertainment package and available on Foxtel Channel 606 and Channel 648. From May 1

The change means that Australia’s Public Affairs Channel, A-PAC, will now only be available on Sky News Multiview by pressing red on the Foxtel remote.

The Sky News Election Channel will also feature comprehensive coverage of the UK EU Referendum taking place on June 23.

Content for Sky News Election will be sourced from Sky’s local resources as well as international news services and programs from SKY NEWS UK, C-SPAN, CBS News and ABC World News in America

Angelos Frangopoulos, Australian News Channel CEO said: “At this pivotal time on the local and international political landscape we are delighted to be partnering with Foxtel to bring viewers a stand-alone election channel, a key addition to our unrivalled multi-channel and multi-platform news offering in 2016. The Sky News Election Channel underscores our commitment to providing unparalleled LIVE political news coverage and analysis 24/7.”

Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television said: “Foxtel is the place to go for the most incisive coverage of our nation’s political landscape and global affairs including the US and Europe. The launch of the Sky News Election Channel ensures our subscribers will have the most comprehensive and current coverage of both our Australian election and the US Presidential race in 2016.”

The launch of the Sky News Election Channel on Sunday May 1 will include the LIVE broadcast of US President Obama’s last speech at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner from 11:45am AEST.

The new channel will also feature encore presentations from the political program and opinion line-up including AM Agenda with Kieran Gilbert, PM Agenda with David Speers, Paul Murray LIVE, Beattie & Reith and The Bolt Report.