Network turns focus to U.S. presidential race

The BBC will dedicate its Nov. 4 worldwide broadcasts to the U.S. presidential election, beaming a single live feed from its D.C. bureau to more than 200 countries.

In the past, BBC headquarters in the U.K. broadcast its own coverage of American elections as BBC America did its own coverage, “but sometimes there has been some fragmentation,” a Beeb spokeswoman said.

This time, the U.K. and the U.S. services are pooling together for one broadcast, which will be co-anchored by David Dimbleby, who will fly in from London to join BBC America news anchor Matt Frei in Washington. Joining them to provide context and analysis will be former ABC News anchor Ted Koppel, who is now making docus for Discovery Channel.

Commercial breaks will be limited, the net announced, and coverage will also stream live over the BBC’s website.

The Blighty broadcaster hopes to rival U.S. networks in their diversity of coverage. On-the-street interviews with voters are planned, as is coverage of the political blogosphere. Correspondents will be filing dispatches from battleground states and high-tech touch-screen graphics will be featured.

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