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BBC confirms snap election coverage details

The BBC has confirmed how it will cover the snap general election, with an overnight TV simulcast planned across three of its channels.

David Dimbleby, who was due to retire from presenting coverage, handing over the reigns to Huw Edwards for the originally planned 2020 election, will now get to present for one more time, making it his 10th general election in front of BBC TV cameras.

Mishal Husain, Emily Maitlis, Jeremy Vine will join David Dimbleby on the programme, which will start just before 10pm on Thursday 8th June 2017. They will report, analyse and tally results as they come in along with experts and interviews with all the major political players.

Huw Edwards will take over in the morning as lead presenter guiding the audience through the day’s main events, including the formation of a new government. He will also present the evening bulletin. Andrew Neil will take over from Mishal Husain for Friday daytime coverage.

The election coverage will be simulcast on BBC One, BBC News Channel and around the world on BBC World News, with a comprehensive service for mobile and online users.

Full details of how ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky will cover the event remain to be announced.