BBC ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR LOCAL ELECTIONS COVERAGE

The BBC has announced its plans for the upcoming elections in Wales, Scotland and the local and mayoral elections in England. Its comprehensive coverage will include televised leaders’ debates, extensive online information, and in-depth results coverage.



Huw Edwards and Kirsty Wark will front the BBC's election coverage, in a BBC One programme co-hosted from London and Edinburgh from 7 May. Reeta Chakrabarti will bring us all the results as they come in, alongside Professor Sir John Curtice for expert results analysis.


There will be live coverage of all the key results from the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Senedd elections, and our correspondents will be at closely fought council, mayoral and police commissioner contests in every part of England and Wales.


Wales and Scotland will also show their own dedicated results programmes on BBC One Wales, BBC One Scotland and will produce coverage in Welsh for S4C. Coverage will continue throughout the weekend on the BBC News Channel, with BBC One coverage as crucial results come in.


BBC Radio Wales will have an election special with Gareth Lewis on 7 May between 4pm and 7pm.


Results from England, Scotland and Wales are expected from Friday 7 May - although the full picture may not become clear until the following Sunday.


Katy Searle, BBC Executive Editor, Politics, says: “The BBC’s aim is to give our audiences all the information they need before heading to the polls. Through our extensive range of programming, across digital, online, TV and radio, we will deliver widespread news, analysis and scrutiny of each political party.”


“A key part of our coverage will be audience led as we interact and engage with voters up and down the UK, hearing their opinions and views ahead of these important elections.”


“We will provide the best service possible to all voters, delivering clear and informative programming ahead of casting their vote.”

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