Sky unveils US poll coverage plans



As the countdown to the US Presidential Election comes to an end, Sky News has announced ambitious coverage of the event, starting Monday 31st October.

The recently revamped news channel will offer a nightly look at the latest twists and turns - America Decides - will be presented by former Live at 5 presenter Jeremy Thompson and be broadcast at midnight UK time, bringing Sky viewers the latest developments, interviews and analysis of the closing stages of the campaign. 

Sky News will then be presented live from Monday 7th November from a specially created studio overlooking Times Square in the heart of New York. Non-stop coverage will continue through to the end of Wednesday 9th November before transferring to Washington on Thursday 10th November, as attention turns to the US capital and the job facing the new President.

Adam Boulton, Kay Burley, Gillian Joseph, Sarah-Jane Mee, Dermot Murnaghan and Jeremy Thompson will all anchor the channel's coverage from Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's home state of New York. Special editions of Sunrise, All Out Politics, Sky News Tonight and MURNAGHAN will all be broadcast from the US. There will also be teams embedded with both campaigns and reporters in the key swing states that will determine the outcome of the election.

Sky Atlantic simulcast
On election night, Jeremy Thompson will anchor Clinton v Trump: America Decides from the studio in Times Square, Adam Boulton will be in Washington and Kay Burley will be travelling around New York City speaking to voters, campaigners and officials. The show will start at 10pm (UK), ahead of the first polls closing at midnight (UK), through to Sunrise the next day, and will air both on Sky News and Sky Atlantic.

The coverage will also be streamed live via Sky News’ Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels as part of Sky’s ongoing multi-platform engagement with viewers. Bespoke social media content includes a 360 degree film telling the story of the night, US Election explainers demystifying the campaign, a ‘Disunited States’ social series featuring interviews with election experts and a collection of Facebook Lives taking place across the US with the Sky News team.

There will be also be a comprehensive, instantly responsive results service on TV, mobile, social and Sky Q, bringing customers every result as it happens.

Throughout election night Jeremy Thomson will be joined by one of America's foremost polling experts and election forecasters, Professor Todd Donovan from West Washington University.

There will also be teams live in all the swing states that matter; Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida and Arizona.

Head of Sky News John Ryley said: 
“No American election campaign has captured the world's attention like this one. We are sending more people than ever before to cover the most bitter and controversial election in modern US history bringing our customers the best news, debate and analysis from our unrivalled team of specialists and presenters across TV, mobile, radio and social media.”

Meanwhile over on BBC News, World News America will be simulcast from BBC World News at 9:30pm from 31st October 2016. This is made possible due to a temporary reduction in the time difference between the UK and the USA between this weekend, when the clocks go back in the UK and the first Sunday in November when the USA has a time change. Usually World News America would clash with BBC News at Ten and The Papers.



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