ITV announces 2015 General Election lineup

Left to right: Julie Etchingham, Tom Bradby, Alastair Stewart. Credit: ITV News

ITV has announced that Tom Bradby, Julie Etchingham and Alastair Stewart will present the network's coverage of the 2015 General Election.

ITV News political editor Tom Bradby will host the programming on General Election night.

Bradby, who was at the heart of the ITV News coverage during the 2010 General Election campaign, will be joined by an expert team throughout the night on May 7th.

Alastair Stewart will present ITV’s coverage the day after the election, analysing the final results and focusing on the formation of the government.

Through the campaign, ITV will air twice-weekly live editions of The Agenda, the topical discussion programme hosted by Tom Bradby.

The network also announced that Julie Etchingham, co-presenter of News at Ten and presenter of current affairs strand Tonight, will chair the anticipated Leaders’ Debate on ITV, if agreement is reached that they should take place again ahead of the General Election.

Michael Jermey, Director of News and Current Affairs at ITV said: "We're delighted to have such a strong presenting line-up to lead our coverage through what could be one of the most interesting elections in recent times.

"Tom, Julie and Alastair will bring a wealth of knowledge, insight and experience to our reporting of the 2015 election."

ITV hosted the First Election Debate in 2010 between the leaders of the three biggest parties, the first time ever that such a televised debate had been held in the UK between the main party leaders.

The debate peaked with 10.3million viewers and averaged 9.4million across the 90-minute programme.

Tom Bradby said he was "thrilled" to be hosting the coverage. Credit: ITV News

Tom Bradby said: “This looks set to be one of the most unpredictable elections in recent history, which will present us with a unique and fascinating set of challenges on election night.

"Making sense of it all for our viewers will be an incredibly exciting challenge and I am really thrilled to have been offered the chance to play such a key role in that process.”

Julie Etchingham is looking forward to a "fascinating" General Election. Credit: ITV News

Julie Etchingham said: "I'm thrilled to be part of ITV's line-up covering next year's General Election, which is set to be a fascinating race for leadership.

"We'll be following every single step of the campaign and holding party leaders to account on the most important issues affecting our viewers around the UK."