BBC World News and BBC.com have confirmed plans for covering the UK General Election 2017. With a focus on the results and what they will mean, the BBC’s international news services will offer the latest news and analysis to ensure our global audiences are kept up to date.
As polling day approaches BBC World News presenters Ros Atkins, Lucy Hockings and Matthew Amroliwala will be on hand to explain the big issues. In the final days of campaigning Ros will be broadcasting from key areas around the UK while Lucy and Matthew will be in London.
As the polls close on Thursday, 8th June, BBC World News will come together with the BBC News Channel, to provide a full results service, which will also be streamed on BBC.com. Internationally respected election anchor David Dimbleby will take viewers through the results stories as they develop. Starting 6.55am (AEST) on Friday 9th June until 3pm (AEST) David will lead a team of BBC reporters and correspondents who will analyse and tally results as they come in, along with commentary from trusted experts, insightful data analysis and state-of-the-art graphics plus interviews with all the major political players.
Once the result becomes clear on Friday 9th June, the BBC World News election team will be in Westminster to gain all the reaction from the seat of government and provide a global perspective.
BBC World News will also be showing the much anticipated Leaders' Special Question Time programme, live from York, in the north of England at 5.30am (AEST) on Saturday 3rd June. David Dimbleby will be in charge as the Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May and leader of the opposition the Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn are grilled by a studio audience of voters. Ros Atkins will be in York to help give context for the World News audience.
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The BBC’s digital platforms will also have a role to play in helping people understand the finer points of the campaign and what the result will mean. BBC.com will be streaming the election results programme. Alongside the now-permanent Reality Check team, who are working to unpick election pledges across all parties and make the facts clear, there will be must-read impartial guides and explainers along with the latest result data and news developments all available on demand, online and on mobile.
Plus the BBC has been developing bespoke content for their 41 million Facebook page fans and nearly 4 million Instagram followers, such as the BBC Politics Facebook messenger bot which sends followers tailored election news. In addition, the BBC will livestream the election specials on Twitter. This trial interactive experience will offer a real-time curated timeline of tweets allowing followers to see immediate commentary from BBC experts and BBC Reality Check. Follow bbcelection.twitter.com and the hashtags #bbcdebate #bbcqt and #bbcelection.