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Wales Decides 2016: Here's how ITV Cymru Wales is covering this year's Welsh Assembly elections

Adrian Masters, Jonathan Hill, Catrin Haf Jones, Owain Phillips and Andrea Byrne, will be bringing you all the latest from the Welsh Assembly election campaign.

The Welsh Assembly elections are just weeks away and here's how ITV Cymru Wales will be covering them onscreen and online.

Under the banner 'Wales Decides 2016,' we'll have a live two-hour leaders' debate, through-the-night and morning-after results programmes, along with a six-part series profiling the Welsh party leaders as they sit down to dinner with our Political Editor Adrian Masters.

Adrian will also present five hour-long special editions of ITV Wales' political programme Sharp End, each Monday running up to polling day.

Jonathan Hill and Andrea Byrne will provide nightly election coverage on Wales at Six with further updates in the early, lunchtime, late and weekend bulletins.

Adrian Masters and ITV Wales’ team of specialist correspondents and reporters will be providing in-depth reports, interviews and analysis from the key election battlegrounds around Wales in the run-up to 5th May and in the days after.

As election day gets closer, we'll be revealing the results of three specially commissioned 'Welsh Political Barometer' voter intention polls, carried out by YouGov in conjunction with Cardiff University.

There'll also be extensive coverage here on ITV News Wales website and also the ITV News app including streamed coverage of the election debate and results programmes. ITV Wales will also be producing special election programming for S4C.

There is little doubt that this will be a fascinating election. Our job will be to make sense of it all for our viewers; tackling the issues that matter and asking the questions that they would want answers too.

It's one of the biggest news stories of the year in Wales and with a terrific team of journalists based right across the country we are looking forward to providing impartial coverage across the campaign and on results night.

– Phil Henfrey, ITV Cymru Wales Head of News and Programmes
We'll be staging another liver Leaders' Debate in the run up to the election. Credit: ITV Wales

Leaders' Debate

On Wednesday 20th April, ITV Wales will stage a live, peak-time election debate with the six party leaders: Carwyn Jones AM (Welsh Labour); Andrew RT Davies AM (Welsh Conservatives); Leanne Wood AM (Plaid Cymru); Kirsty Williams AM (Welsh Liberal Democrats); Nathan Gill MEP (Wales UKIP); Alice Hooker-Stroud (Wales Green Party).

Hosted and moderated by Adrian Masters, the two-hour debate in front of an invited audience will be shown on ITV Cymru Wales at 8pm. The programme will be streamed here on the ITV News Wales website.

Adrian's Election Bites

Along with daily campaign coverage on Wales at Six, in the run-up to the election, Political Editor Adrian Masters will also be presenting his six-part series Adrian’s Election Bites, starting on Monday 4th April. Each week he will be with a different party leader and help prepare a meal while chatting about their campaign and what they see as the main election issues.

The series will aim to give insight into each leader’s political views and priorities over dinner while at the same time facing a political grilling.

– Adrian Masters, ITV Wales Political Editor
Political Editor Adrian Masters has been sharing his cooking skills with the six party leaders. Credit: ITV Wales

Here's which leader will be on when:

  • 4th April: Alice Hooker-Stroud
  • 11th April: Nathan Gill
  • 18th April: Kirsty Williams
  • 25th April: Leanne Wood
  • 29th April: Andrew RT Davies
  • 2nd May: Carwyn Jones

Online

We'll have the latest news from the campaign trail here on our website and also on the ITV News app and our social media feeds. Our team of specialist correspondents will also provide expert analysis on the issues that matter to people right across the country.

Results Programmes

As polling day draws to a close, there will be a through-the-night Wales Decides 2016 results programme starting at 10.30pm. Anchored by Adrian Masters, the programme will feature analysis by a panel of experts as the results come in from ITV Wales reporters live from counts across Wales.

Political reporter Owain Phillips and Professor Roger Scully of Cardiff University will be in the studio analysing the results, while Catrin Haf Jones will be gauging the reaction of MPs and other leading politicians. The programme will also be streamed online.

At 6am on the morning of Friday 6th May, ITV Wales will be joining Good Morning Britain with the latest results news for audiences across the UK. Then, at 9.30am there will be an hour-long Wales Decides 2016 programme, presented by Andrea Byrne, looking at the shape of Wales under the new Assembly.

Programmes for S4C

Starting on 5th April, there will be five special programmes Y Ras i’r Senedd. Current affairs strand Hacio will feature an hour-long election debate giving young people a voice.