UK broadcaster ITV has announced the first head-to-head General Election debate between Rishi Sunak, leader of the Conservative Party, and Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party.

The hour-long debate will take place on Tuesday June 4 at 9pm and air on ITV1, ITVX and STV and STV Player.

2. ITV Election debate

ITV ready for first General Election debate

Sunak v Starmer: The ITV Debate will be moderated by news anchor Julie Etchingham. It will take place live in front of a studio audience and will be made and produced by MultiStory Media, part of ITV Studios.

Etchingham moderated General Election debates in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

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Michael Jermey, ITV’s Director of News and Current Affairs, said: “Millions of viewers value the election debates. They provide a chance to see and hear the party leaders set out their pitch to the country, debate directly with each other and take questions from voters. ITV is pleased to be broadcasting the first debate in this year’s election campaign.”

Other broadcasters, such as the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky News, have not yet announced plans for any debates.

However, it’s widely expected that there will be at least one more head-to-head debate between the two main leaders before the election.

The BBC confirmed earlier this week that Clive Myrie and Laura Kuenssberg will host its election night coverage.

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