Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 20 November 2014

Bradby to head ITV election show

Tom Bradby is political editor of ITV News
Tom Bradby is political editor of ITV News

Tom Bradby has been chosen to lead ITV's general election coverage next year.

The political editor of ITV News will take over from Alastair Stewart and Julie Etchingham who anchored the network's overnight programming in 2010.

Bradby will also front twice-weekly live editions of topical discussion show The Agenda in the weeks running up to the May 7 election. He will be up against BBC1's David Dimbleby who is hosting his last General Election.

Stewart will continue to be a familiar face and will present ITV coverage the day after the election, analysing the final results.

And Etchingham, co-presenter of News at Ten, will host the expected televised party leaders' debate for ITV, if it gets the go-ahead. She would become the first female host of such a debate, and succeeds Stewart who fronted the equivalent programme four years ago which drew an audience of 9.4 million viewers.

Michael Jermey, the director of news and current affairs at ITV, said: "We're delighted to have such a strong presenting line-up to lead our coverage through what could be one of the most interesting elections in recent times.

"Tom, Julie and Alastair will bring a wealth of knowledge, insight and experience to our reporting of the 2015 election."

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