[10/20/08 - 01:28 PM]
BBC Broadcasts Around the World on U.S. Election Night
The night will be anchored by David Dimbleby and Matt Frei with Ted Koppel offering "big picture perspective and global analysis."

[via press release from BBC America]


- Big picture and global analysis from Ted Koppel-

- A unique perspective and instant reaction from BBC correspondents around the world-

The BBC will air the same global newscast on the night of the U.S. presidential election to more than 200 countries across the world. Broadcast live from the BBC's bureau in Washington D.C., the program will air in the U.S. exclusively on BBC AMERICA and BBC World News, with limited commercial breaks, and will be streamed live throughout the evening on bbc.com.

U.S. Election Night will be anchored by David Dimbleby*, one of the BBC's most experienced and highly respected presenters of news and major live events, with Matt Frei, anchor of BBC World News America. They'l be joined in the studio by veteran newsman Ted Koppel for big picture perspective and global analysis. U.S. Election Night airs from 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m PT, Tuesday, November 4 2008.

Bringing together the depth and breadth of the BBC's world-renowned, award-winning reporting, U.S. Election Night, will be broadcast across the world, including the UK, to over 280 million television households. There will be global reaction from the BBC's reporters and contributors as well as the University of Virginia's Professor Larry Sabato in studio. Reporting from the key campaign headquarters will be Washington Correspondent Katty Kay, with the McCain team in Phoenix, and Gavin Hewitt, with the Obama team in Chicago.

The BBC will be gauging reaction from a diverse cross-section of New Yorkers live from the studio in Times Square and Laura Kuenssberg will report news as it breaks in the blogosphere. Philippa Thomas, Richard Lister and Rajesh Mirchandani will be reporting from crucial swing states and Jeremy Vine will analyze results as they come in, using the latest touchscreen graphics to show who is winning the race to the White House.

In addition to streaming U.S. Election Night, bbc.com will carry live blogs from BBC North America Editor Justin Webb throughout the evening as well as reporting results as they happen. The site will also offer full analysis of the U.S. political system, video highlights of the day's events, a running text commentary on the latest developments and a chance to share opinions with other bbc.com users.

*Note to Editors:


David Dimbleby is one of the BBC's most experienced and highly respected presenters of news and documentary programs. A veteran of anchoring election night newscasts, he presented the BBC's coverage of U.S. presidential elections in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000 as well as numerous British General Election programs.

Dimbleby has also been the BBC's commentator on a wide-range of major events including the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, the funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and the BBC's program to mark the Golden Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth in 2002.

BBC World News, the BBC's commercially funded international 24-hour news and information channel, is owned and operated by BBC World News Ltd, a member of the BBC's commercial group of companies. BBC World News attracts 78 million viewers a week, is available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, and reaches 283 million households and more than 1.6 million hotel rooms. The channel's content is also available on 57 cruise ships, 42 airlines, 36 mobile phone networks and a number of major online platforms including bbc.com/news. For further information on how to receive BBC World News, download schedules or find out more about the channel, visit bbcworldnews.com

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