Election Coverage 2013

The Networks have released their plans for tomorrow night’s Election.


Seven News special coverage of the 2013 Federal Election will be broadcast live from Channel Seven’s Martin Place studio in Sydney on Saturday from 5:00pm AEST.

Join Chris Bath on the main channel with co-hosts Political Editor Mark Riley, Melissa Doyle and Matt White in what will be Seven News’ most interactive election coverage to date.

National Secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union Paul Howes and former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett will provide commentary as key members of the election panel, along with The Hon Christopher Pyne MP (Liberal Party), The Hon Bob Katter MP (Katter’s Australian Party), The Hon Bronwyn Bishop (Liberal Party), former Federal MP Alexander Downer, and Senator the Hon Don Farrell MP (ALP).

Network News Director Rob Raschke said: “Seven News is committed to providing viewers with the most up-to-date and in-depth political coverage.

“This powerful and dynamic team of political commentators will give viewers unique insight as the election result unfolds on September 7, with Paul Howes and Jeff Kennett two big political players who aren’t afraid to call it as they see it.”

Sharyn Ghidella will be reporting live from Brisbane where Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will be, and political reporter Alex Hart will be in Sydney with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.

Seven News will cross live throughout the night to up to 30 reporters and politicians in all key battlegrounds around the country.

Election coverage will break on the main channel at 6pm AEST for Seven News – Sydney’s bulletin to be hosted by Mark Ferguson – but will continue on 7TWO in all markets.

Live election coverage will return to the main channel at 6.30pm AEST in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, and remain on 7TWO in Melbourne and Adelaide.

Seven News has invested in cutting-edge, interactive technology that will form an integral part of election night coverage and maximize viewer interaction.

Viewers can voice their opinion live on election night through the 7News app with the 7News Viewer Vote function. The app sends votes directly to the newsroom for journalists to relay results in real-time.

Election trends on Facebook will also be incorporated into live election coverage in an exclusive collaboration between the social networking site, Seven News and Yahoo!7.


Nine News has assembled the most experienced team of presenters, reporters and analysts of any network for its coverage of the 2013 Federal election on Saturday.

The election day coverage will begin at 4.00pm with a Nine News national bulletin presented by Georgie Gardner.

At 5.00pm Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson will bring viewers the most comprehensive reporting and analysis of the day’s results in Australia Decides 2013.

Leading Nine’s panel of experts is Walkley Award-winning journalist and Nine News Political Editor Laurie Oakes, Australia’s No. 1 political journalist. Oakes is without peer in the Canberra press gallery with his record in news-breaking and commentary.

Joining Oakes on the panel is Peter Costello, seen as one of the most successful Treasurers Australia has known. Having served the Liberal Party both in government and opposition, Costello knows what would be required of an Abbott government to implement policy change and get the economy moving.

An insight into the inner workings of the ALP will come from Simon Crean, who has also served his party in government and opposition.

Further assessment of the polling results will be provided by Amanda Vanstone. As a senator, Vanstone held several portfolios in the Howard government and her tenure as Minister for Immigration makes her perfectly placed to comment on what steps the winning party will need to take to deal with the contentious issue of asylum seekers.

Rounding out the panel is Lachlan Harris, a former key adviser to Kevin Rudd who was instrumental in bringing the ALP to power in 2007.

Nine’s cameras and team of experts will span the length and breadth of the country to report on election day.

Tracy Grimshaw will be on location with the Abbott camp in Sydney, while Peter Overton will be reporting live from Rudd’s election HQ in Brisbane.

They will be supported by Nine News presenters and senior reporters, including Alicia Loxley, Kate Collins, Andrew Lofthouse, Melissa Downes, Deborah Knight, Brett McLeod and Amelia Adams who will all be reporting from key marginal seats across Australia.

Nine’s coverage will also use cutting-edge technology to bring voting results to viewers faster than ever before.

And Ross Greenwood will present a state-of-the-art innovation for social media which will bring the public’s views and opinions to the screen, right up to the second.

Localised analysis will also be extensively covered in all Nine News bulletins at 6.00pm.

When Australians head to the polls this weekend, viewers of Nine News and the users of ninemsn can voice their opinions throughout the day via the Twitter hashtag #YouDecide9.

A joint initiative between Nine News and ninemsn, #YouDecide9 gives Australians the opportunity to be involved with Nine News’ experienced team of presenters, reporters and analysts during the coverage of the 2013 Federal election on Saturday.

“Throughout this election campaign, Australians have embraced #YouDecide9, and on Saturday we want our audience to share their voice via Nine News, ninemsn and Twitter. All tweets that include #YouDecide9 will be streamed online at ninemsn’s election page youdecide9.com.au and also have the chance of appearing on air throughout the day on Nine News. When the winner is announced, we’ll be able to take the pulse of Australia instantly and share that with our audience” said Darren Wick, Director of News and Current Affairs, Nine.

“#YouDecide9 is all about putting our users and Nine’s viewers at the heart of the story. Since the spill in late June, #YouDecide9 has been at the centre of discussion as one of the country’s leading election hashtags. This Saturday will be no different, and we look forward to sharing the views of Australians as the next government is chosen,” said Hal Crawford, Editor in Chief, ninemsn.


starting at 6pm: The Election Project with Hugh Riminton is a serious but entertaining alternative to the federal election coverage.

A co-production between TEN News and The Project, The Election Project with Hugh Riminton is the best of both worlds coming together for in-depth coverage, with the lighter moments you would expect from The Project team.

The panel will consist of The Project hosts Charlie, Carrie and Dave, along with Hugh Riminton, and will feature The Project regulars Natasha Stott Despoja and Steve Price.

Two of TEN’s most experienced and most loved news presenters, Sandra Sully and Paul Bongiorno, will also join the action, based with Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd and bringing viewers the latest action from the polling booths.