News agencies gear up as election fever strikes

Two major news agencies revealed their plans for covering the general election last week. Press Association elections editor Chris Mead said the election would be the ’biggest ever’ in terms of media coverage and the number of candidates.

Two major news agencies revealed their plans for covering the

general election last week. Press Association elections editor Chris

Mead said the election would be the ’biggest ever’ in terms of media

coverage and the number of candidates.



PA will have a political reporter and a photographer on the road with

each of the leaders. The early morning news conferences will be double

staffed and PA will monitor phone-ins, interviews and current affairs

programmes. It is also offering a processing service for election

results.



Meanwhile Reuters revealed it would be doing its own polling with NOP

and surveying 20 top political analysts. Both Labour and the

Conservatives have had free Reuters terminals installed.



The major parties have also been staffed up. The Tory press office will

be staffed round the clock, with ten people monitoring the media and

working with a rapid rebuttal unit. Staff numbers are likely to grow

from about ten to around 60 people for the election. The party also has

20 regional press officers.



The Labour Party’s Millbank-based press office of nine staff is expected

to double during the campaign. A media monitoring operation, rapid

rebuttal unit and policy department are also based at Millbank. The

party is expected to add to its established team of ten regional press

officers.



The Lib Dems expects to raise its parliamentary press team of six to

about 20 during the campaign.



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