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Wednesday 29 Oct 2014

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General Election 2010 – television, radio, online, mobile and interactive


  • The Andrew Marr Show will be quizzing the senior politicians on the four Sundays ahead of the election.
  • On Newsnight, Michael Crick will be on the road with the party leaders, Justin Rowlatt visits constituencies to see how the manifesto pledges are going down in communities, and Steve Smith will follow the battle for floating voters. Special programmes are planned for the nights of the Prime Ministerial Debates, and a live audience can quiz politicians during the Newsnight specials on Saturdays, focusing each week on a major campaign theme.
  • The Daily Politics will be extended to an hour and there will also be nine departmental Daily Politics Election Debates, focusing in detail on the manifestos of the main parties. The programmes will be broadcast Mondays to Wednesdays for the last three weeks of the campaign and will be presented by Andrew Neil and an independent policy expert or BBC specialist correspondent.
  • Question Time will be broadcast live after the Prime Ministerial Debates, giving members of the public a chance to give their views on the debates.
  • The Politics Show will be extended to 75 minutes, with senior political guests taking questions from live audiences up and down the UK.
  • There will also be a sister programme called the Campaign Show, produced jointly by the Politics Show and BBC News Channel, broadcast each weekday evening and hosted by Jon Sopel.
  • There will be an additional This Week each week of the campaign.
  • News Channel presenters will be on the road with the main three party leaders, and the Channel will cover the morning press conferences live. On Tuesdays, the Channel will be visiting a specific constituency for a day of lives and a town hall debate with candidates.
  • Breakfast is taking to the road during the election, with presenter Bill Turnbull travelling around the UK and Sian Williams holding the fort back in the studio.
  • On Newsround, in addition to the reports featuring Nick Robinson and Jeremy Vine on the big election stories, every Friday will see the programme broadcast live from one of the national capitals, where local children will join the Newsround team as guest editors, covering issues that matter in the school playground and finding out what children think the politicians should be focusing on.
  • BBC Parliament will be broadcasting the morning press conferences live, and in the evening will show the best of the BBC's campaign coverage across the UK.


  • BBC Radio 4's flagship current affairs programme Today will continue to scrutinise the parties in its usual style, with presenters John Humphrys, James Naughtie, Evan Davis, Sarah Montague and Justin Webb co-presenting from across the UK throughout the campaign. BBC's Washington correspondent Kevin Connolly joins the team as a roving reporter to provide insights into modern campaigning. Building on the success of its guest editors during Christmas, Today will hear from a range of voices offering a fresh perspective on politics.
  • Both BBC Radio 4's World At One and the World This Weekend strands will be extended to an hour. On PM, Eddie Mair will be in the chair, interviewing senior politicians, while Carolyn Quinn hits the road. Leaders' Election Call, chaired by Martha Kearney, will broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on six days during the campaign, giving listeners the opportunity to pose their queries to politicians.
  • On The World Tonight, presenters Robin Lustig and Ritula Shah will be doing special programmes from the North of England, Scotland and Wales, and the programme will be extended on the nights of the Prime Ministerial Debates.
  • On Radio 5 Live, Nicky Campbell plans to interview party leaders on 5 Live Breakfast, and the station will be covering the election extensively. Victoria Derbyshire will host four debates around the UK, allowing listeners to challenge politicians directly. After the election, her programme will issue every new MP with an MPs' guidebook written by listeners and laying out 15 things that every MP should abide by. There will also be a special Election Fighting Talk. The station's website will feature "the 5 Live election story" with audio highlights and unique journalism throughout the campaign.
  • Radio 1's Newsbeat has commissioned a national opinion poll of first-time voters, a crucial group in this closely fought election, and will be broadcasting the results early in the campaign. Presenter Tulip Mazumdar will also be hosting three specially extended live programmes, where a panel of first-time voters plans to interview the three main party leaders.
  • On Radio 2, Jeremy Vine's daily current affairs show will host a series of debates with ministers, their Conservative shadows and Liberal Democrat counterparts, and plans to interview the party leaders as well as leading politicians from the other parties.
  • The BBC Asian Network will publish the results of one of the biggest surveys of Asian voters ever undertaken in the UK in the lead-up to a General Election. Political reporter Adam Pasternicki will visit key Asian communities and candidates around the UK and there will also be a live Election Debate Special on Nihal's phone-in show, with prominent Asian politicians from the three main parties.

Online, mobile and interactive

  • The home of the BBC's election coverage online – – will focus on four areas: Election News, First Time Voters, Results & Constituencies, Issues & Parties.
  • The Live Page will be at the heart of the BBC's campaign coverage, and this news stream from BBC journalists across the UK will bring users all the key events of the campaign in text and video, as they happen.
  • The first-time voter section will guide voters through the democratic process with simple-to-use guides and information; the Where They Stand application will allow users to compare where the parties stand on issues affecting them, and the Reality Check unpicks the claims made by the candidates.
  • People can follow relevant localised election content on the website throughout the campaign, including the latest news relating to their areas. Users will be able to set a constituency as their own, so they can get the news and results from their constituency whenever they are on the Election website.
  • Audiences can view the latest and historic polls by using the interactive Polltracker.
  • During the campaign, BBC News will use Facebook and Twitter to promote highlights and particular aspects of its programmes, online content and its expert correspondents. User-generated content (UGC) will be used across the BBC's output, offering audiences different ways to join in on-air discussions and debates, and as part of "If I were PM", viewers get to tell the BBC what single thing they would do if they were in charge.
  • Digital Election correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones will be assessing how social media and new technology are used in the campaign.
  • There will also be a BBC News mobile mini-site providing up-to-date campaign news.

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