You are about to see what is undoubtedly the worst ever BBC attempt to cover the result of a Parliamentary byelection. Although there were correspondents in Eddisbury and cameras capable of live feed, BBC News 24 stayed with its regular programming as the Returning Officer declared the result. The news was initially conveyed by an on-screen caption giving the winning party and majority.
A series of news reports followed, all of which had been shown previously that day. It was not for over a quarter of an hour (including a news summary) that the full result was given, including a recording of the declaration, and the winning candidate spoke to BBC reporter Laura Trevelyan.
From the early hours of 23 July 1999. The presenter is Peter Coe. Note that the soundtrack is muted from 4:24 to 5:24 as the BBC trail used the Beatles track ‘I am the Walrus’, which the copyright-holder will not allow on Youtube.