Foxtel and SKY launch new election channel

26 April, 2016 by Staff Writer

Foxtel will launch the SKY News Election Channel on May 1 to provide live coverage of the campaign trails across Australia and the US. 

The dedicated political channel will include live 24-hour coverage of news conferences, policy announcements and events in the lead up to Australia’s Federal Election and the US Presidential Election in November.


It will also feature comprehensive coverage of the UK EU Referendum taking place on June 23.

The new channel will also take advantage of access to news services and programs from SKY News UK, C-SPAN, CBS News and ABC World News in America.

Australian News Channel chief executive, Angelos Frangopoulos said: “At this pivotal time on the local and international political landscape we are delighted to be partnering with Foxtel to bring viewers a standalone election channel, a key addition to our unrivalled multi-channel and multi-platform news offering in 2016. 

"The SKY News Election Channel underscores our commitment to providing unparalleled live political news coverage and analysis 24/7.”

Foxtel executive director of television, Brian Walsh, said the launch would ensure subscribers have comprehensive coverage of the the Australian election and the US presidential race in 2016.

The launch will include the live broadcast of US President Obama’s last speech at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner from 11.45am AEST.

The new channel will also feature encore presentations from the SKY News political program and opinion line-up including AM Agenda with Kieran Gilbert, PM Agenda with David Speers, Paul Murray Live, Beattie & Reith and The Bolt Report.

It will be part of the Foxtel Entertainment package and available on Foxtel Channel 606 and Channel 648. 

From May 1 Australia’s Public Affairs Channel, A-PAC, will be seen on SKY News Multiview.