General Election 2024 on the BBC

General Election 2024 on the BBC

There’s lots of content to keep you up to date with every twist and turn of the campaign

June 17, 2024 – We know the public want clarity, fairness and transparency during a general election. Our content will keep you up to date with every twist and turn of the campaign, however you consume your news and however you will vote.

In addition to our on-the-night coverage led by Clive Myrie and Laura Kuenssberg, Election Debates and Question Time Leaders’ special and Leaders’ interviews with Nick Robinson, we’re producing a range of programming and election journalism across all our BBC News platforms. From personalised push notifications to how you can take part in our coverage, here are some of things we’re doing to put voters first…

• The general election live stream will run 24/7 right up to the big day, and our new Election Headlines bulletin lands on iPlayer by 8pm every weeknight.

• New brand BBC InDepth is providing plenty of thought-provoking elections analysis and expertise from our top journalists.

• The elections tab is live on our website, pulling together all of our digital election content, from our daily live pages to basic explainers and our interactive poll tracker.

• We have manifesto guides for each nation on our website and constituency pages with nominations to help voters understand the election in their area in our BBC InDepth section.

• We’ve launched our daily Election Essential newsletter, additional to the updates from the BBC News Daily and the Off Air with Laura K newsletter.

• Personalised push notifications will be sent to users with links to their constituency pages, showing nominations and then results.

• We’ve launched Your Voice Your Vote – an invitation to audiences to take part in our coverage and help inform our journalism.

• There’s a new Factcheck format from BBC Verify, including social media. Elsewhere on social media, we will be continuing with TikTok Lives.

• The BBC’s Disinformation and Social Media Correspondent Marianna Spring is interrogating how the election is unfolding on people’s social media feeds up and down the country through the Undercover Voters project, available on digital, podcasts, TV and radio.

• The General Election stream on iPlayer, bringing viewers events from the campaign together with the best of the BBC’s election coverage from across video and audio, will run 24/7 right up to the big day.


Newscast and Electioncast

Adam Fleming, Chris Mason, Laura Kuenssberg and Paddy O’Connell host daily Newscast podcasts 7-days a week, under the banner “Electioncast”, including a new Saturday morning slot on Radio 4. Newscast is publishing party leader profile episodes, manifesto deep-dives, outside broadcasts and leader debate specials. The podcast is also being made available on BBC One, the BBC News Channel, and streamed on BBC iPlayer.

Newscast Election All-Nighter

On election night Adam Fleming will host the Newscast Election All-Nighter with an audience reacting live to the results as they come in. The podcast will be recorded live and the event will features across the BBC’s election night coverage. Apply on the BBC Shows and Tours website to be part of the audience.

Understand the General Election

Understand the General Election is a ten-part series, hosted by Adam Fleming, providing an accessible guide to everything that is going on in the campaign, including topics such as manifestos, tactical voting, the role of marginal seats and digital campaigning.

The Today Programme

The Today Programme is focussing on five constituencies where the particular races have implications for the national campaign, staging three live hustings events – in Wells, Bolton West and Dagenham – with audiences and candidates.

The Today Podcast has doubled to two episodes a week, with the extra episode on Monday looking ahead to the coming week, along with the usual Thursday episode which also airs on BBC Radio 4.

Woman’s Hour

Woman’s Hour continues its tradition of interviews with party leaders with a focus on policy issues affecting women and of particular interest to women. They will stage a round table debate with a senior member of each of the main parties.

World At One

World At One has insights from former political advisors, while Jim Naughtie reports from constituencies which have featured legendary historical election battles across the UK.


A tombola election features on PM is pulling a constituency at random each day during the campaign and featuring reporting from and about that constituency, with an expert panel of non-politicians but who have had roles inside or alongside government to comment throughout the campaign.

The World Tonight

For The World Tonight, Sean Ley is running a series of “Last Orders” interviews, talking to retiring MPs about their careers.

Election 24

A dedicated stream “Election 24”, which takes an audio-only stream of all the BBC’s political broadcast coverage, with inputs from both live radio and live TV 24 hours a day. It is available via the BBC Sounds app and on smart speakers.

Radio 5 Live

As the ‘Voice of the UK’ BBC Radio 5 Live is at the heart of election coverage, making sure listeners are across everything from the manifesto launches to election night results. The audience can put their questions to some party leaders on special editions of Nicky Campbell’s phone-in show.

The station will also be on the road, following the parties on the campaign trail and speaking to voters along the way, as well as a series of election special outside broadcasts from key and marginal constituencies.

Radio 2

Jeremy Vine is following the election action on his lunchtime show, delving into the manifestos of all the major parties. He’ll be grilling the party leaders, putting to them the questions that our listeners want answered, and broadcasting from Glasgow, Salford and Cardiff to reflect how this election is playing out across the UK.

Listeners will be at the heart of Radio 2’s coverage, with the daily phone-in discussion meaning everyone has a chance to make their voice heard.

Any Questions?

Any Questions? with Alex Forsyth is extending its programming to an hour slot for the campaign period, allowing listeners to put their questions directly to the candidates.

Archive on 4

Archive on 4: Election Night Fever, Rachel Burden unearths the extraordinary moments of election night results programmes.

The City That Stayed at Home

In The City That Stayed at Home, Alex Forsyth examines why in the 2019 election three of the four constituencies with the lowest voter turnout were in one city: Hull.

The Deadly Business of Democracy

Carolyn Quinn asks what can be done to ensure the physical safety of our MPs and other political representatives as they face more and more risk in The Deadly Business of Democracy.

The South Asian Shift

Barnie Choudhury analyses the turbulent change for electoral affiliations of voters with roots in the Indian subcontinent in The South Asian Shift.

When It Hits The Fan

David Yelland and Simon Lewis examine the PR and spin of political campaigns and how those who want your votes are choosing to present themselves for When It Hits The Fan.

Comedy Specials

Looking to inject some laughter into this election period, Radio 4 is bringing listeners comedy specials from hit podcasts Michael Spicer: No Room and Call Jonathan Pie.

The News Quiz, hosted by Andy Zaltzman, is covering the election period, including a recording the day after the election, while award-winning satire The Skewer will feature the election in a special episode after the results are in.

When is the UK General Election?

The UK General Election is taking place on Thursday 4 July 2024.

BBC News has a useful Guide to the General Election which includes more details on key deadlines, party manifestos, and who can vote.


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