Channel 4 has announced Emily Maitlis and The Rest is Politics podcast hosts Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart are to join its General Election coverage team.

Channel 4’s election night will be presented by Krishnan Guru-Murthy and The News Agents’ Maitlis and they will be joined throughout the night by The Rest is Politics duo along with “some familiar faces from Gogglebox will also be part of the eclectic line-up.”

Cathy Newman will be presenting from the campaign HQs for the Conservatives and Labour. Clare Balding will again be on hand to breakdown the data as it comes in. There will also be an array of frontline politicians and commentators across the political spectrum to provide insight, and an audience of voters will be present in the studio to engage in debate as the night unfolds.

C4 News’ Political Editor Gary Gibbon “will be on hand throughout for his first class analysis” and a team of reporters will be at key counts across the country as the results are declared.

The programme will be made by ITN Productions.

Channel 4 News will deliver wider election coverage throughout the year with details to be released in due course. This begins on Thursday 25 April, with Guru-Murthy hosting a live local election debate from Gloucester as voters head to the poll. The daily news programme won a BAFTA and major gongs at the Royal Television Society this year for ongoing commitment to outstanding public service broadcast journalism.

Krishnan Guru-Murthy said: “I’m so looking forward to joining this brilliant line-up of people to capture an exciting and historic night. We will have piercing analysis, sharp interviews and all those memorable moments as the results come in. I think this is going to be one of those rare election nights we remember for decades so I hope viewers will enjoy spending it with us.”

Emily Maitlis said: “Delighted to be bringing The News Agents to the heart of Channel 4 on this important night – and to work with such an incredible cast of people. I cannot wait.”

Rory Stewart said: “I’m really looking forward to bringing the podcast to life on TV with Alastair live on Channel 4. Hopefully we can still disagree agreeably even in the heat of the electoral madness.”

Alastair Campbell said: “The success and continuing growth of The Rest Is Politics podcast has shown there is a huge appetite for serious sensible debate and on what promises to be one of the most important and exciting election nights in many a year I am delighted that Rory Stewart and I will be part of Channel 4’s coverage.”

Tony Pastor, co-founder of Goalhanger said: “We’re delighted to have been offered the chance to bring The Rest Is Politics to the screen on election night. We think the show’s regular 700,000 listeners will really enjoy seeing Rory and Alastair analyse the election live on Channel 4.”

Ian Rumsey, ITN’s Managing Director of Content, will executive produce the programme, said: “We’re thrilled to be producing Channel 4’s election night coverage. Our aim is to provide the sharpest, clearest and best-informed analysis – and we have a superb team ready to guide viewers through what is certain to be an historic and dramatic night.”

Louisa Compton, Channel 4’s Head of News and Current Affairs and Specialist Factual and Sport says: “I am delighted we have managed to bring together such a stellar line up of some of the country’s leading political presenters and commentators ensuring Channel 4 is going to be the go-to destination for first class analysis on Election Night.”


Jon Creamer

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