David Dimbleby will present final election in 2015

David Dimbleby and Huw Edwards

David Dimbleby will present his ninth and final general election special in May 2015, with Huw Edwards leading the BBC's coverage in future.

Dimbleby, who is 75, presented his first general election programme when Margaret Thatcher came to power in 1979.

He will cover the 2015 general election from the close of polls at 10pm on 7 May through until 7am the next day.

Edwards will then take over as lead presenter until 10pm, covering the confirmation of the final results and the formation of the government.

Dimbleby will return later that evening to present a special edition of Question Time, discussing the vote and the prospects for the next government.

James Harding, director of news and current affairs, said: 'This election is likely to be one of the most complex and closely fought in recent times and we are delighted to have such an experienced team to lead our coverage.'

Before the general election, Dimbleby will present the local and European election results programmes from the BBC's Elstree Studios in May.

Edwards will also present the Scottish independence referendum results programme from Glasgow in September.

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