BBC News Announces UK Election 2017 Coverage Plans

BBC News Announces UK Election 2017 Coverage Plans
BBC News will place the audience and the choice at the heart of its prime time TV coverage of the General Election.

A series of TV specials will see the public questioning the politicians on substantive issues of policy that matter to them in a series of programmes from across the country including London, Edinburgh, York, Cambridge, Bristol, Swansea, Belfast and Manchester.

David Dimbleby will host two Question Time Specials, in which leaders will face audience questions consecutively. The first will be with Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn and the second with Tim Farron and Nicola Sturgeon. There will be a live BBC Election Debate hosted by Mishal Husain and a Radio 1 Newsbeat debate with a young audience hosted by Tina Daheley. Andrew Neil will conduct a series of interviews with the leaders in prime time.

There will be more than ten hours of prime time TV programmes and formats for audiences to engage with the election choices.

Jonathan Munro, Head of BBC Newsgathering says: “We have an exciting line up of special programmes over the General Election period. We’ve made the time to discuss the issues in our schedules, and got the right mix of people on air so they will reach out to all audiences who trust our impartial approach to news.

“Our plans include bringing Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn in front of the same Question Time audience on the same night to be quizzed by the public.

“It is firmly in the public interest for audiences to hear from those seeking election. We know they connect with these formats because they are a public moment to focus on and audience members from all across the country get the chance to ask politicians their own questions.”

BBC One and Two will also transmit a series of key interviews to scrutinise the main issues over the course of next six weeks.

Throughout the week of 22 May, BBC One will air a series of prime time Andrew Neil Interviews at 7pm. They will be one to one interviews with Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Tim Farron, Paul Nuttall and Nicola Sturgeon. A sixth interview with Leanne Wood will air on BBC One in Wales.

Following the interview with the Prime Minister on 30 April, The Andrew Marr Show will interview the other party leaders during the course of the campaign. Newsnight will be joining forces with Newsbeat to mount a debate on Britain’s great generational divide. BBC News will also invite politicians from a range of parties onto various panels for news programmes that are part of the daily BBC output.

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn will also each be interviewed on The One Show during the campaign to find out about the person behind the politics. Theresa May and her husband, Philip, will be interviewed on Tuesday, May 9.

Reality Check - the BBC’s fact-checking service - has a new weekly slot on the Sunday News At Ten bulletins presented by Steph McGovern.

As previously announced, on 8 June the General Election Results Night Special will be led by David Dimbleby with Mishal Husain, Emily Maitlis and Jeremy Vine. Huw Edwards will take over in the morning as lead presenter guiding the audience through the day’s main events, including the formation of a new government. He will also present the evening bulletin. Andrew Neil will take over from Mishal Husain. BBC Scotland, BBC Wales and BBC Northern Ireland will have their own results programmes.

On results day, 9 June, a final Question Time Election Special will be live on BBC One, 8.30-9.30pm from London.

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