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BBC outlines local election plans


The BBC will make 3 hour-long debate programmes broadcast from Manchester, Birmingham and London as part of its local election coverage.

A Mayor for Greater Manchester will be hosted by Roger Johnson on 25th April and aired regionally on BBC One, as well as on the BBC News website.

There will also be mayoral debates in every combined authority which will be broadcast on BBC One and iPlayer, plus an expanded Hot Seat feature on local radio.
“The BBC will guide local audiences and help them navigate this important set of local and mayoral elections with creative, accessible and innovative content across all our platforms,” said Jason Horton, Director of Production for BBC Local.

“We will have clear and impartial coverage of the elections while delivering helpful insights into the issues that matter most to our audiences across England.”

The first mayoral debate aired last week, with a live discussion in North Yorkshire at Selby Town Hall. More will take place in West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Liverpool City Region, the North East and Tees Valley broadcasting from 17th to 24th April on BBC One.

On Sundays at 10am the BBC’s 11 weekly regional politics programmes will have Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) focussed programmes in the run up to the elections as well as coverage of the Local Elections themselves.

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