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Claire Bellis, BBC News and Current Affairs Director 

In short

On May 7 at 10.00 Claire will be in the captain’s seat of the most complicated and biggest live programme of the year: The BBC’s General Election Results programme. She will be in the hot seat for anything up to 24 hours. How did she get there?

Claire has been directing for the BBC in News and Current Affairs since 1990. Her TV career started in Manchester working for regional TV programmes. She then worked in drama in Glasgow and moved down to London to work in documentary features. She's currently the Lead director for Live Political programmes at Millbank and will be directing this year's General Election programme. 

In previous elections Claire has directed the Jeremy Vine Virtual Reality sequences and been lead director in the main Outside broadcast Hub where all the various outside broadcasts come together to be selected for the main programme.

Over her time in various hot seats, she's directed most of the output of the BBC’s news and current affairs including all the National news Bulletins, Breakfast news, Panorama, Newsnight, Question Time, On the Record, Breakfast with Frost, Working Lunch, Daily Politics and This Week. 

Since working in Live Political programmes she's also directed the Local and Euro Elections Results programme, the American Presidential Election in 2012 and more Budget specials than George Osborne the longest serving UK Chancellor this century has delivered.

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