The BBC has unveiled its coverage plans for General Election 2015.
On Election night (7th May), BBC One and the BBC News Channel will carry the TV results programme, Election 2015, hosted by David Dimbleby from 10pm.
The BBC, ITV and Sky are jointly commissioning an exit poll which will be published when the polls close at 10pm.
Huw Edwards takes over the marathon live results programme from 7am on May 8 until the final result becomes clear during the day.
He and his team will stay live on air if the result falls short of an overall majority for any party.
Mishal Husain, Victoria Derbyshire, Evan Davis, John Humphrys, Eddie Mair, Sophie Raworth, Nicky Campbell, and Laura Kuenssberg will also be on hand throughout the election campaign and on the BBC’s comprehensive results programme on 7/8 May.
James Harding, Director of BBC News and Current Affairs – “The BBC is the most trusted source of news in the UK. More than ever in the noisy weeks ahead the BBC should be the place people come for the news – news that is reliable and insightful, independent and impartial.
The place for accurate reporting, thorough questioning and expert analysis. The place, too, that people come for news that’s moving with the times. This will be election coverage for the internet age.”
Generation 2015 is a representative sample of 200 young voters from around the UK who will appear on a range of BBC News outlets to give their take on the issues which matter to them.
Young voters will be encouraged to use #inmyshoes to tell the politicians what they are thinking. Young people from Generation 2015 will take part in the special election results programme, building a map of the country showing the results in the piazza at the BBC’s New Broadcasting House.
David Stenhouse, BBC Generation 2015 Project Lead – “We had thousands of applications from young people across the UK. Young people want to be heard and Generation 2015 is an opportunity for 18-24 year-olds to be heard on BBC TV, Radio and Online, discussing the issues that affect them.
The BBC is bringing a diverse range of young voices to the heart of UK debate and the 200 extraordinary voices in Generation 2015 will allow the BBC to tell the story of the General Election in greater depth than ever before.”
The BBC will host an opposition leaders’ debate on BBC One on April 16 hosted by David Dimbleby and featuring the leaders of Labour, UKIP, the SNP, the Greens and Plaid Cymru.
A special Question Time on April 30, also hosted by David Dimbleby, will take place in front of a studio audience and will feature individual interviews with David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg.