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Where to watch the UK General Election 2024

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Where to watch the UK General Election 2024
The BBC’s election coverage will be headed up by Clive Myrie and Laura Kuenssberg (BBC/PA)

Here is who will be presenting the live coverage of the 2024 General Election, and when their coverage will start and finish.

Britain will head to the polls on today, July 4, and TV broadcasters are planning extensive coverage of the General Election.

Most coverage will begin as voting ends across the country and run through the night.

Here is what is happening on each TV channel.

BBC One

Professor Sir John Curtice will provide election analysis on the BBC (BBC/PA)
Professor Sir John Curtice will provide election analysis on the BBC (BBC/PA)

Beginning at 9.55pm, the BBC’s election night coverage will be led by Clive Myrie and Laura Kuenessberg, while the pair will be assisted by the corporation’s political editor, Chris Mason.

They will be assisted by Reeta Chakrabarti, who will be analysing the results as they come in, and Jeremy Vine, who will be broadcasting from Cardiff with the swingometer.

Kirsty Wark and Andrea Catherwood will broadcast from Glasgow and Belfast respectively.

Myrie and Kuenessberg will replace Huw Edwards, who left the broadcaster earlier this year following allegations that he paid a young person for sexually explicit photos.

Professor Sir John Curtice will also be offering knowledge and insight throughout the evening.

Fiona Bruce, Victoria Derbyshire, Naga Munchetty, Nick Watt, and Alex Forsyth will be among the reporters based around the country.

On Friday morning, Sophie Raworth and Jon Kay will take over presenting duties, with deputy political editor Vicki Young alongside them.

Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales will also have their own dedicated results programmes, hosted by Martin Geissler, Mark Carruthers, and Nick Servini.

Radio coverage will be handled by Nick Robinson and Rachel Burden, alongside Henry Zeffman on BBC Radio 4 and 5 Live.

ITV

Krishnan Guru-Murthy will join Emily Maitlis for Channel 4’s coverage (Yui Mok/PA)
Krishnan Guru-Murthy will join Emily Maitlis for Channel 4’s coverage (Yui Mok/PA)

ITV’s election coverage will be anchored by Tom Bradby and he will be joined by former Conservative chancellor George Osborne, former SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, and former Labour minister Ed Balls.

The broadcaster’s coverage will begin slightly earlier than the BBC at 9.50pm.

Robert Peston, Anushka Asthana and Paul Brand will be providing insight, along with election analysts Professor Jane Green and Professor Colin Rallings.

On Friday morning, coverage will be picked up by the Good Morning Britain team of Susanna Reid and Balls, with Balls leaving the overnight coverage to present the morning show.

They will be joined by journalist Andrew Pierce, Mirror editor Kevin Maguire, Boris Johnson’s former communications chief Guto Harri, former Labour MP Harriet Harman, former chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng, and newly enobled Labour peer Ayesha Hazarika.

From 9.25am, ITV news coverage of the election will continue with Julie Etchingham presenting.

Sky News

Kay Burley will lead Sky News’s election coverage (Ian West/PA)
Kay Burley will lead Sky News’s election coverage (Ian West/PA)

Sky News coverage will begin at 9pm, and be led by Kay Burley, in the studio normally used for the broadcaster’s Monday Night Football programme.

It will be Burley’s 12th general election, and she will be joined by political editor Beth Rigby, Sunday breakfast show presenter Sir Trevor Phillips, and data and economics editor Ed Conway.

Punditry will come from Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham, and former Scottish Conservative leader Baroness Ruth Davidson.

Elections analyst Professor Michael Thrasher will be on hand to offer statistical analysis of the election for Sky News, as he has at every election since 1989.

From 7am the morning after, lead politics presenter Sophy Ridge, host of Sky’s Politics Hub, will be live from Westminster with continued coverage.

She will be joined by deputy political editor Sam Coates and Sky News contributor Adam Boulton.

Channel 4

Krishnan Guru-Murthy will join Emily Maitlis for Channel 4’s coverage (Yui Mok/PA)
Krishnan Guru-Murthy will join Emily Maitlis for Channel 4’s coverage (Yui Mok/PA)

At 9.45pm, Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Emily Maitlis will head up Channel 4’s coverage, where they will be joined by The Rest Is Politics podcast hosts Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart.

Cathy Newman will be presenting from the Conservative and Labour campaign headquarters, while Clare Balding, who was due to break down the data as it comes in, has pulled out of the coverage due to Wimbledon.

C4 News political editor Gary Gibbon will be providing analysis for the channel, which will also have a team of reporters at counts across the country.

The channel has also commissioned a series of inserts from Gogglebox stars, reacting to the results as they come in.

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