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Smallscreen: the TV election

Many argued that the internet would be the key to the election. Instead, the leadership debates proved that television is still king

Perfect confection: Channel 4’s Alternative Election Night

The managing editor of this magazine told us confidently that this would be Britain’s first internet election. Most unusually, he turned out to be wrong. The politicians may have emailed us to death, YouTube may have hosted all manner of political titbits, ConservativeHome and its army of bloggers may have delivered their parochial commentaries, but this was the television election. There may have been no immediate political winner, but from the debates to the wall-to-wall 24-hour news coverage, from a dramatic election night to the topical comedy on Channel 4 and BBC1, television…

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