I had a piece of good (and for me, very exciting) news this week. LBC have asked me to present six hours of their general election night coverage. As you can imagine, I will be a pig in the proverbial. The programme will have elements of what I did on Play Radio last year for the European and County Council elections, but it will have a bit more structure to it.
Nick Ferrari will be kicking off LBC's coverage at 10pm with me taking over from midnight until 6am. Ferrari will then come back to present his normal breakfast show. My co-presenter will be former Observer political editor and blogger Gaby Hinsliff.
The programme will be very different from the BBC's radio coverage. Of course we'll be doing interviews, having guest pundits and getting live reports from counts, but the programme will rely very heavily on the internet for much of its coverage. And that means you. I'll have a team of 6-8 bloggers from all parties in the LBC newsroom whose job will be to bring us the latest news and gossip from around the country. We will have a Twitter correspondent in the studio who will monitor what candidates and commentators are saying.
And we want you, out there, to act as citizen journalists, just like you did last year, and feed useful info into the programme through our resident bloggers.
And frankly, I'd also like your ideas on what you'd like to hear on an election night programme. We have eight weeks to plan it and while we have a basic structure in mind, I'd love to hear some new ideas and see if we can make them happen. LBC is not just a London station. We'll be covering everything that's happening across the UK. As well as being on FM in London, it's on DAB nationwide and you will also be able to listen (and, I think watch!) live on the internet at lbc.co.uk. It's also on Sky, channel 0124.
What I want this programme to be is a programme which can engage both people who're really into their politics but also the general listener. So if you have ideas about how we can make this the best radio programme on election night, I'll be all ears. Feel free to email me directly.
I'll keep you up to date as our plans develop.