Twitter to Livestream Five BBC Specials as U.K. General Election Approaches

Voting will take place June 8

The BBC is teaming up with Twitter to livestream five special events in the run-up to the U.K. general election June 8.

The following specials will be livestreamed and available via bbcelection.twitter.com (all times BST):

  • May 31, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.: BBC Election Debate 2017
  • June 2: BBC One Question Time Leaders Special
  • June 4: BBC One Question Time Leaders Special
  • June 6: Newsbeat Youth Debate
  • June 8: Election Night Results Special

The debate will be moderated by Mishal Husain and will feature senior spokespeople from the seven major political parties:

  • Conservative Home Secretary Amber Rudd
  • Labour, to be determined
  • Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron
  • UKIP leader Paul Nuttall
  • SNP deputy leader Angus Robertson
  • Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas
  • Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood

The June 2 BBC One Question Time Leaders Special will feature Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, while the June 4 edition will feature Farron and Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

BBC said in a release announcing the livestreaming partnership with Twitter:

This trial interactive experience will offer a real-time curated timeline of tweets allowing followers to see immediate commentary from BBC experts and BBC Reality Check. Follow bbcelection.twitter.com and the hashtags #bbcdebate #bbcqt and #bbcelection.

It is in the public interest for BBC audiences to hear from those seeking election, and the BBC’s TV specials are moments when the public focus on the campaign and get to hear politicians answering their questions.