The General Election on ITV will see Tom Bradby, Julie Etchingham and Robert Peston leading the coverage for the broadcaster.
ITV’s political face, Robert Peston.
“ITV will be offering our viewers a wide range of programmes on this snap election. Listening to voters and helping them put their questions direct to the politicians will be at the heart of what we’ll do.” – ITV’s Director of News and Current Affairs, Michael Jermey
Peston, Etchingham and Bradby will lead ITV’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.
Anchored by Tom Bradby or Julie Etchingham, ITV News at Ten will be extended by ten minutes each weekday from May 8th and ITV’s Peston on Sunday will have a series extension, with programmes through to June 25th.
There will also be a series of Tonight 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.
ITV has broadcast major Leaders’ Debate programmes during the past two General Elections, the network, which also includes UTV in Northern Ireland and the ITV-independent STV in Scotland, 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.
The ITV Leaders’ Debate will air on Thursday May 18th at 8pm, and will be moderated by Etchingham, who will also front the Tonight Election Specials.
Julie Etchingham will front The ITV’s Leaders’ Debate and Tonight Election Specials.
“We have a strong record on organising debate programmes and giving viewers the chance to put their questions straight to the politicians. The ITV Leaders’ Debate moderated by Julie Etchingham and the debates in the nations will give viewers an opportunity to get answers. On election night we plan to have the fastest results service and hope more viewers than ever will choose to spend a dramatic night with ITV.” – ITV’s Director of News and Current Affairs, Michael Jermey
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 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.
Throughout the campaign, ITV News from ITN and the ITV regional news programmes will be closely following how the election campaign progresses. In addition, ITV News will dedicate target teams to follow the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat party leaders, focusing on their campaigns. Political Correspondent Emily Morgan will follow Theresa May on the campaign trail, Health Editor Rachel Younger will be with Jeremy Corbyn and correspondent Emma Murphy will follow Tim Farron’s team.
News at Ten’s Tom Bradby will host the election night coverage.
On election night itself News at Ten’s Tom Bradby will take the chair as main coverage anchor leading ITV’s coverage of the battle for Number 10. Tom be on air with the fastest results and the best analysis from an expert panel the broadcaster, with no irony, states.
The following morning, 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 special programme presented by Julie Etchingham.
“Our journalists will travel across the United Kingdom in the coming weeks, speaking and listening to the voting public who will be most affected by the outcome of Election 2017. Throughout the campaign, ITV News will examine manifestos, analyse policies, debate the key issues and challenge leading decision-makers. Our coverage will be dynamic and balanced, providing viewers with an accurate account of what’s happening ahead of voting day and who will be moving into Number 10 as Prime Minister on June 9th.” – Geoff Hill, Editor of ITV News