ITV Announce General Election 2017 coverage plans

Posted on Wednesday 3rd May 2017 by Johnnie Larkin
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ITV today announced that Tom Bradby, Julie Etchingham and Robert Peston will lead the network’s General Election coverage in a series of programmes in the run up to election day, throughout the night after the polls close, and into June 9th.

Election Night

As the polls close on 8th June, News at Ten’s Tom Bradby will take the chair on election night leading ITV’s coverage of the battle for Number 10.

He’ll be joined in the studio by two of the country’s leading psephologists: Professor Colin Rallings, ITV News’ election analyst for nearly 30 years; and Professor Jane Green, from Manchester University, one of the Directors of the British Election Study, an organisation which has been monitoring British election behaviour for more than 50 years.

On election night, ITV regional news teams will be at all the main counts, bringing the latest news live to the overnight results programme.

Campaign Coverage

Presented by Tom Bradby or Julie Etchingham, ITV News at Ten will be extended by 10 minutes each weekday from May 8th and ITV’s Peston on Sunday will have a series extension, with programmes through to June 25th.

Julie Etchingham will present array of ‘Tonight’ programmes ahead of the election. These primetime Election Specials – starting with Tim Farron on May 8th, followed by further films featuring interviews with Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Paul Nuttall, as well as Nicola Sturgeon, Leanne Wood and Caroline Lucas – will focus on the leaders covering their lives, interests, policies and their vision for the future.

Leaders’ Debates

ITV will again broadcast a major debate programme in 2017, inviting the leaders of the seven parties that were represented in the 2015 ITV Leaders’ Debate – the Conservatives, Labour, SNP, Liberal Democrats, UKIP, Plaid Cymru and the Greens.

It will air on Thursday May 18th at 8pm, and will be moderated by ITV News presenter Julie Etchingham.

As in the previous two General Election debates, leaders will have the opportunity to make short opening statements at the beginning of the programme and closing statements at the conclusion of the debate. During the live debate, the leaders will have the opportunity to each in turn answer questions that are asked direct by members of the studio audience, before the floor is opened up to a period of free flowing debate.

ITV viewers in Wales will be able to watch a live ITV Wales Election Debate programme on Wednesday May 17th at 8pm, with five party leaders in Wales. The debate, in front of an invited audience, will be moderated by ITV Wales’ Political Editor, Adrian Masters.

In Northern Ireland, UTV will broadcast a 60 minute debate at 9pm on Wednesday May 24th, which will be moderated by UTV presenter Marc Mallett.

STV’s Scotland Debates programme will air on Wednesday May 24th in ITV Border Scotland and will include the leaders of the four main political parties in Scotland – the SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson of the Scottish Conservatives, Scottish Labour’s Kezia Dugdale and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie.

The day after Election day

On June 9th, Good Morning Britain will be on air for an extended programme from 6am until 9.25am, hosted by Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan, with reporting from Ranvir Singh, Good Morning Britain’s Political Editor, who will be leading the coverage throughout the General Election Campaign.

At 9.25am ITV News will be back on air throughout the morning of June 9th, with a live ITV News Special programme presented by Julie Etchingham.

Later that day, Mary Nightingale will be bringing ITV Evening News live from Downing Street, and Julie will present ITV News At Ten with analysis from Political Editor Robert Peston and key correspondents on what is sure to be a dramatic day in Westminster.