While many consider David Speers to be the thinking wonk’s crumpet, he’s proven to be a machine in past coverages not only being across pretty much everything but also fronting some very long coverage. Certainly what Sky News have to offer will be both compelling and informative, and a solid option to the commercial and government offerings. From the press release:

SKY NEWS, Australia’s News channel, will provide unrivalled live coverage of next weekend’s Queensland 2012 election, including multi-channel viewing, an exclusive exit poll and analysis from the best political minds in the business.

On Saturday, March 24, SKY NEWS’ election day coverage commences at 4.30am QLD (5.30am AEDT) with First Edition, including live updates from reporters Celina Edmonds, Laura Jayes and Tom Connell.

SKY NEWS political editor David Speers will anchor the election night coverage from 3.00pm QLD (4.00pm AEDT).

As the vote count gets underway, Speers will be joined by a panel of expert commentators, including Federal Trade Minister Craig Emerson, former Howard Minister Mal Brough, Anna Bligh’s campaign strategist Bruce Hawker and Liberal powerbroker Michael Kroger.

SKY NEWS chief political reporter Kieran Gilbert will be at the Brisbane Tally Room and SKY NEWS reporters will shadow both party leaders throughout the night.

SKY NEWS’ (Channel 601) extensive coverage includes
• MULTIVIEW providing dedicated coverage of each of the main parties.
• An exclusive SKY NEWS exit poll.
• Complete live coverage as both party leaders speak.

On Sunday, March 25, SKY NEWS will have a special edition of Australian Agenda at 7.30am QLD (8.30am AEDT), analysing how the Queensland election result will impact on Federal politics.

SKY NEWS is the only Australian television network to broadcast all federal, state and territory elections live over the past decade.