BBC News NI Announces Coverage For Elections 2016
BBC News NI has announced its plans for its multi-platform coverage of the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly Elections.
The View: Mark Carruthers will present four special editions of The View each Thursday at 10.45pm on BBC One NI in the lead up to – and including – Election Day. On Thursday, 14 April, the programme will host a debate special from Loughry College, Cookstown as students and members of the public put questions to politicians. On Thursday 21 April, Mark will interview deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Sinn Féin, and, on Thursday 28 April, he will interview First Minister Arlene Foster, DUP. The programme will also be broadcast live on Election Night to offer analysis and opinion on the day’s activities.
Election 2016 – The Good Friday Agreement Generation: Eighteen years after the Good Friday Agreement, Stephen Nolan and Tara Mills will give first time voters from across Northern Ireland the chance to put politicians on the spot about the issues which matter to them, in a live Election 2016 debate on BBC One NI on Wednesday, 20 April at 9pm. Among those in the audience will be members of the BBC Generation 2016 initiative.
Election 2016 – The Leaders’ Debate: In the run-up to polling day, Noel Thompson hosts a leaders’ debate – in front of a studio audience – with representatives from the DUP, Sinn Féin, SDLP, UUP and the Alliance Party. This will be broadcast on Tuesday 3 May.
Election 2016 – The Spin Room: Election 2016 – The Leaders’ Debate will be immediately followed by Election 2016 – The Spin Room with Tara Mills. Here Tara will be reflecting on and analysing the comments made in the Leaders’ Debate with leading political journalists and commentators, politicians from the Green Party, TUV and UKIP and a range representatives from the public and private sector.
BBC Newsline: In the run up to Election Day, BBC Newsline will be offering viewers in-depth coverage of the Assembly Elections, including constituency profiles and providing regular election round-ups and profiles on party leaders.
Election 2016: Mark Carruthers and Tara Mills will be on hand as the election counts come through, with special live programming starting on BBC One NI at 4pm on Friday 6 May and continuing throughout the day. Mark will be in BBC Broadcasting House while Tara comes live from the election count at Titanic Exhibition Centre. The programme will bring viewers interviews with successful and unsuccessful candidates, and expert analysis from BBC Political Correspondents and other commentators. Coverage will move to BBC Two NI from 7pm to 10pm before returning to BBC One NI from 10.35pm. The election results breakdown coverage will continue on Saturday 7 May from 11am.
Sunday Politics: Mark Carruthers will be taking an in-depth look at the elections on BBC One NI at 11am every Sunday in Sunday Politics from 10 April through to 8 May, when he will be joined by guests to analyse the outcome of the Election results.
More information on BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Foyle and BBC News NI Online here.