Sky News unveils dedicated international election channel

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The Election Channel will temporarily replace Sky News Extra.

Sky News Australia will launch the Sky News Election Channel on Friday 28 June, a dedicated political news channel covering campaign trails across Australia and the world.

The Election Channel will provide coverage of the latest political news conferences, leaders’ debates, policy announcements, and events. The channel will provide insight into political issues as they unfold around the world and have access to international news services including Sky News UK, C-SPAN, CNN, Fox News, Reuters, AP, and AFP.

The launch of the channel will include the first US Presidential debate of 2024 as Joe Biden and Donald Trump go head-to-head in the CNN Presidential Debate Simulcast live at 11:00 am AEST. Sky News Washington Correspondent Annelise Nielsen will be reporting live from Atlanta, Georgia.

Coverage of France’s snap parliamentary election gets underway on Sunday 30 June as first-round voting commences, followed by second-round voting on Sunday 7 July. Just weeks out from the Paris Olympic Games, President Emmanuel Macron’s gamble could see his centrist Renaissance party defeated by Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally.

The Election Channel will also feature coverage of the UK General Election on Friday 5 July, live from 7:00 am AEST, with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his Conservative Party facing a wipeout by Keir Starmer’s Labour Party. Sky News Anchor Laura Jayes will be live on the ground in London for the latest results and implications for Australia.

Paul Whittaker, chief executive officer at Sky News Australia said: “As Europe and the United States face critical elections that will impact Australia’s international affairs for years to come, the Sky News Election Channel will provide Australians with the most comprehensive and dedicated live coverage.

“While closer to home, the focus will be on the Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory Elections, the Queensland and Western Australian State Elections and a Federal Election, all set to take place in the months ahead.”

The Election Channel will temporarily replace Sky News Extra and will be available on the streaming subscription, Foxtel and Flash.

See also: Chris Uhlmann joins Sky News as political contributor

Top image: Annelise Nielsen

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