ITV News at Ten extended by ten minutes during the campaign, headed up by Tom Bradby, Julie Etchingham and Robert Peston.
Anchored 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.
Presented by Julie Etchingham, ITV will broadcast primetime half-hour Tonight programmes ahead of the election. These 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, making broadcasting history in 2010 with the first TV debate, and airing the only seven party Leaders’ Debate in 2015. Both debates were respectively the highest rating current affairs programmes in the years they were broadcast. The 2015 ITV Leaders’ Debate attracted a peak audience of 7.4 million (a 33% share of viewing), and averaged 7 million viewers (a 31% share of viewing) across the programme.
The largest academic study on the 2015 debates* found that they had reached sections of the population least likely to be touched by the rest of the campaign - including younger and first time voters.
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.
The ITV Leaders’ Debate will air on Thursday May 18th at 8pm, and will be moderated by ITV News anchor 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’s Director of News and Current Affairs, Michael Jermey said: "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.
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 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.
ITV News 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. Tom be on air with the fastest results and the best analysis from an expert panel.
He will 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.
Expert analysis and reaction will be in high demand and ITV News will have the best commentators sharing their interpretation of the results as they happen – plus social media partners will chart how the election is being shared online.
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.
Julie will present the key developments and reaction to the results of the General Election 2017. She will be joined by leading politicians, political experts and key reporters from across the country analysing how the nation has voted and who will be the next occupant of Number Ten.
Later that day, Mary Nightingale will be bringing ITV Evening News live from Downing Street, and Julie will anchor 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.