TV Guide: The Voice to Parliament Referendum coverage

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Australia will go to the polls on October 14

On October 14, Australia will go to the polls to vote in the referendum regarding the Indigenous Voice to Parliament. Here is where to watch the unfolding coverage. 

Channel Seven

7News will bring Australians live and extended coverage this Saturday as the Voice referendum vote is counted, starting with a special edition of 7News live at 6:00pm on Channel Seven and 7plus in each state.

Straight after, Michael Usher will anchor a half-hour 7News special as the first count comes in. He will be joined by leaders from both sides including Federal Education Minister Jason Clare and Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie, with insight and analysis from 7News Political Editor Mark Riley.

Live updates will continue throughout the night on Seven, followed by a bulletin live from 10.00pm AEDT with the result as it happens.

Then on Sunday, Monique Wright and Matt Doran will host a special edition of Weekend Sunrise featuring the latest updates and analysis on the Voice decision.

Channel Nine

Nine will air a half-hour special on The Voice referendum before the ICC Cricket World Cup coverage starts at 7.30pm.

On Sunday, 60 Minutes will ask what the outcome of the vote now means for Australia’s First Nations people. The segment will be reported by Amelia Adams.


SBS and NITV will simulcast four hours of live news coverage as Australia’s votes are counted.

SBS World News at 6.30pm AEDT will be anchored by presenter Anton Enus and NITV News presenter, Mudburra and Wagadagam woman Natalie Ahmat, providing national coverage of the news of the day and emerging referendum results, with crosses to SBS and NITV reporters on the ground in multiple locations around the country.

From 7.30pm AEDT, a two-hour live special, The Point: Australia Decides, will be presented by Wuthathi and Meriam man John Paul Janke and Whadjuk Noongar woman Narelda Jacobs. They will continue to provide their take on the referendum debate featuring diverse perspectives and elevating First Nations voices, after travelling more than 36,000km this year on The Point: Referendum Road Trip, broadcasting from communities in every state and territory.

On Saturday night, they’ll deliver breaking news and analysis as votes are counted, joined by a panel of guests contributing to the discussion including Professor Marcia Langton, Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce, former Senator and Olympian Nova Peris, Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth, and Tasmanian Liberal MP Bridget Archer, and more. The two-hour live special will also cross to SBS and NITV reporters providing updates at locations throughout Australia, including speaking to both Yes23 and no campaigners on Saturday night.

Anton Enus and Natalie Ahmat return for a late edition of SBS World News at 9.30pm AEDT, to bring viewers up to date and continue national coverage, featuring the expertise of the team from The Point along with a network of reporters nationwide.

Throughout the day and evening, rolling coverage will be delivered across digital platforms, including a live blog on the SBS News website, the SBS News app, NITV, and across SBS’s Audio network – provide all the referendum news and information to Australians in more than 60 languages.


Online, ABC journalists will be filing coverage and updates around the clock, with coverage compiled on the dedicated site. ABC TV coverage anchors include Indigenous Affairs Editor Bridget Brennan, National Political Lead David Speers and Voice Correspondent Dan Bourchier. Additional insights and analysis will be provided by Chief Elections Analyst Antony Green, Chief Political Correspondent Laura Tingle and senior journalists Isabella Higgins and Patricia Karvelas. On Local Radio Fran Kelly will be live from 8am and from 6pm Local will join NewsRadio’s coverage of the Referendum count with hosts Tom Oriti and Dana Morse crossing to reporters and experts around the country.  

Audiences can visit the ABC News website and app, listen live on ABC Listen, access continuous updates and analysis on the ABC NEWS Channel and NewsRadio, get live and on-demand coverage on ABC iview, and find content on socials. Coverage will be live-streamed across the world, with explainers, clips and highlights available. 

Sky News

Coverage unpacking what the result will mean for Australia on the evening begins live at 5.00pm with The Voice Referendum LIVE, anchored by Sky News Chief News Anchor Kieran Gilbert, and featuring a panel including, Political Editor Andrew Clennell, and Anchors Chris Kenny and Peta Credlin.

Joining the Sky News team on the panel will be Communications Minister Michelle Rowland, Nationals Leader David Littleproud, Honorary Fellow at Australian Catholic University and Indigenous Affairs Commentator Anthony Dillon, former Labor Minister in the Rudd-Gillard governments Stephen Conroy and Co-Convenor of Liberals for Yes and Chairman of Uphold & Recognise Sean Gordon.

Sky News Chief Election Analyst Tom Connell will have an analysis of the vote count, projecting results for each State alongside trends set to decide the outcome.

As part of the day’s coverage, the Sky News national team of reporters including Sky News Anchors Paul Murray and Laura Jayes, and Northern Australia Correspondent and host of The Voice: Australia Decides documentary Matt Cunningham will report from all corners of the country, speaking to voters about the Voice campaign run-up and what determined their decision.

Providing their insights and commentary will be Sky News Anchor Andrew Bolt and Sky News Political Contributor and former Labor Cabinet Minister in the Hawke-Keating governments Graham Richardson.

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