Tuesday 25 July 2017

Why John Curtice is turning into a hero for election viewers

Everybody’s favourite political scientist was a star of the BBC’s election coverage.

By Alistair Mason

Election nights tend to throw up unlikely heroes – and there can be none more unlikely than John Curtice.

Curtice is a political scientist and professor of politics at Strathclyde University, so not necessarily your typical TV megastar material.

But he’s become a familiar face in the BBC’s election coverage, and he got plenty of screen time as people puzzled over an unexpected exit poll which predicted a hung parliament.

For some, his appearance was the moment they’d been waiting for.

Some tried to make sense of the set-up, with Curtice perched up on a balcony looking down on host David Dimbleby and co below him.

But with an eye on a potential hung parliament, could Curtice become even more high profile in the near future?

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