Here's a collection of tweets from Sunder Katwala of British Future yesterday that might be of interest. (I was put in mind of them by a comment from Arthur Trof on the Open Thread). See what you think:
I would not be surprised if the BBC flagship news programmes do more coverage of a US mid-term election than they would of all General Elections in every G20 and EU27 democracy put together (France, Germany, Italy, India, Canada, Japan, Korea, South Africa, etc).
We get some coverage if an election (Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Italy, Brazil) has a "rise of the far right" angle (unless central/Eastern Europe), but that's more or less it. Except USA, where mid-term Senate, House & Governors + primaries all get covered in depth.
Obviously language is a factor. PR elections are more boring. But also a feedback loop here: we know the US context and cast so can follow the soap opera. We haven't been introduced to many key characters anywhere else (bar occasional baddies, eg Bolsonaro).
Today programme was this morning discussing who might emerge in the next US Presidential primaries - which will start in 16 months time in February 2020, ahead of the Presidential election in two years time.
And on that theme, here's a list (with Twitter links) of the main BBC reporters covering the US midterms, as per the BBC News website. I don't think it would be entirely unfair to say that there's quite a few of them - and, it's far from complete. (I've heard lots of others - Jim Naughtie, Emily Maitlis, Hilary Andersson, Justin Webb, just off the top of my head).