Sky News Election Channel was an Australian 24-hour cable and satellite news channel available on the Foxtel platform, operated by Sky News Australia. It launched on 1 May 2016, temporarily replacing A-PAC as a linear channel, dedicated to coverage of political events relating to the 2016 Australian federal election and American presidential election. Although the channel was originally planned to close on 29 November 2016 (with A-PAC returning as a broadcast channel), this was later postponed, and ultimately the channel did not cease broadcasting until 23 January 2017.
|Sky News Election Channel|
|Launched||1 May 2016|
|Closed||23 January 2017|
|Owned by||Australian News Channel|
(News Corp Australia)
|Picture format||576i (SDTV 16:9)|
|Replaced||Sky News Extra|
|Replaced by||Sky News Extra|
|Sister channel(s)||Sky News Australia|
Sky News Business Channel
Sky News Weather Channel
The channel broadcast coverage of news conferences, policy announcements and events related to the Australian and American elections, as well as the United Kingdom referendum on remaining in the European Union. It also broadcasts coverage and programming from Sky News' international partners including Sky News UK, C-SPAN, CBS News and ABC World News.
The channel was available on the Foxtel platform on two channels, 606 and 648, temporarily replacing Sky News Extra on the latter which became available only online and through the Sky News Multiview service. Although the channel was only initially available in standard definition, a high definition simulcast of the channel launched on 15 May 2016.
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