Sky News reveals US Election plans
October 27, 2020
As the build-up to the US Presidential Election continues, Sky News has unveiled coverage plans for the night of November 3rd, including live results, expert analysis, special guests and a bespoke augmented reality studio allowing viewers to visualise the ‘Race to the White House’.
With the US Election dominating media coverage around the world, Sky News will be at the heart of the story with a studio in Washington DC overlooking The White House, where the special results programme America Decides will be broadcast overnight on November 3rd into November 4th.
Anchored by Dermot Murnaghan, America Decides will provide unparalleled coverage of the race as it happens on a night that will shape the destiny of America – and the world at large. Accompanied by US Correspondent Cordelia Lynch, former aide to Donald Trump, Omarosa Manigault Newman and the former British Ambassador to the US Sir Kim Darroch. There will also be the academic and polling expert Ashley Koning.
On the night, the US coverage will be complimented by Ed Conway’s Augmented Reality set-up at Sky’s HQ in London where a stunning ‘Race to the White House’ will allow viewers to visualise which presidential candidate is leading as the state results roll in.
As the drama unfolds, Sky News will have real-time results from every county in every key state across the US, as well as the results of the National Exit Poll. It will be the most comprehensive election data ever used by the team.
This access to real-time data is the result of a close collaboration with NBC News, which, like Sky News, is also part of the Comcast Group. A core focus of the coverage will be the voices and views of the people of America whose votes will decide the outcome on November 3rd. This is the first US Election Sky has been a part of Comcast, and Sky News will have teams in key locations across the US including in the decisive battleground states to gauge reactions.
Head of Sky News, John Ryley said: “The result and subsequent fall-out of the US Election will not only decide the fate of America but will also have a ripple effect on the rest of the world. It is now more important than ever to provide our audiences across digital, TV and audio with clear facts, analysis and eye-witness reporting of this major event. Sky News is proud to be at the heart of the story with coverage from both sides of the Atlantic.”