The U.K. general election is coming up fast, and Twitter will be there to cover it, with five specials to be streamed live, in partnership with the BBC.
Twitter is partnering up with the BBC to livestream five election specials in the run up to the U.K. general election that will take place on June 7. The first of the five specials on 31 May, was moderated by Mishal Husain and featured spokespeople from the seven major political parties.
The next two – Question Time Leaders Specials – will take place on 2 June featuring Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, and on June 4 featuring Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. On 6 June, a Newsbeat Youth Debate will be streamed live, and finally on 8 June Twitter and BBC will run an Election Night Results Special.
In a release about the partnership, the BBC explained:
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.
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.
Users can Follow bbcelection.twitter.com and the hashtags #bbcdebate #bbcqt and #bbcelection.