Radio News Hub has announced details of its most ambitious UK election plans to date, with a through the night results show broadcasting live from College Green on July 4th.

The programme will air from 10pm until 6am, covering all the political action and results as they happen. Fronting the fast moving eight-hour show will be Sony Award winning, former BBC TV and Radio anchor, and long serving foreign correspondent, Jonathan Charles.

Once the polls close, Jonathan will be joined by politicians, expert commentators, and a host of other guests. There will be live declarations from key counts, and reporters on the ground. The show aims to sound different to traditional election night programmes and is planning to be entertaining as well as informative.


Radio News Hub co-founders Stephanie Otty and Jamie Fletcher said: “The energy and excitement of Election night in Westminster is electrifying, and with our live coverage, you can experience every moment as it unfolds. As we pull out all the stops for our listeners, we are delighted to have a broadcaster of Jonathan’s experience and skill as our host, to lead us through what is sure to be a momentous evening.

Jonathan Charles stepped back from news presenting in 2011 to take on a new career in international development but is now heading out of his ‘news retirement’ to anchor the programme. “This will be one of the most important elections of my lifetime, taking me back to some of the big ones that I covered in 1983,1987, 1992, 1997 and 2010, so when Radio News Hub asked me, I jumped at the chance. It will be an exciting night and a significant one for Britain,” Jonathan said. He went on, “Politics is one of my passions and I will be bringing all that enthusiasm onto the show on the night. Alongside the main news, we’ll be having fun in between the serious moments. I admire Radio News Hub’s operation and ambition….there are few bigger nights in news.”


Jonathan currently presents two music shows, The Vinyl Countdown and the Best Disco In Town, syndicated across more than 40 radio stations. When he is not doing that, he is advising foreign governments and multinational companies on geopolitics and communications. During his three decades at the BBC, Jonathan reported on some of the biggest stories of those years including the conflict in Northern Ireland, the fall of Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister, the 1991 and 2003 wars in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, the wars in the former Yugoslavia and the strengthening of the European Union and introduction of the Euro single currency, along with the repercussions for Britain, when he was the BBC’s Europe Correspondent, based in Brussels.


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