ITV announce election coverage plans

ITV has announced its plans for the 2017 General Election.

It will air a Leaders’ Debate on Thursday 18 May as the broadcaster revealed its coverage plans for the upcoming General Election.

Presenter Julie Etchingham will moderate the debate, which will be broadcast live on ITV from 8pm.

Julie will also present a series of Tonight election specials in the run up to polling day on June 8. The half-hour prime time programmes will focus on the leaders, covering their “lives, interests, policies and their vision for the future.” The first edition, covering Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, will be shown on 8 May.

ITV has also announced that its flagship News at Ten will be extended by 10 minutes on each weekday from 8 May, while Peston on Sunday will have a series extension with programmes through to 25 June.

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