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BBC to stream election debate on Twitter

May 31, 2017

The BBC’s election debate on May 31st  will be streamed live on Twitter as well as broadcast on television.  It marks the first partnership of its kind between the social network and the BBC.

A “real-time curated timeline” of tweets will bring commentary from BBC experts and BBC Reality Check to Twitter users during the broadcast. The election debate will be broadcast live from Cambridge on Twitter and BBC One from 19:30 BST until 21:00 BST.

“It’s going to be reaching different audiences that wouldn’t necessarily be watching live TV,” suggested Tim Westcott, a television analyst at IHS Technology.  “Live video is something that all the social media websites are interested in exploring – there’s been an increase in the amount of live sport for example.”

A similar arrangement will be made for two Question Time Leaders’ Specials on June 2nd and 4th, the Newsbeat Youth Debate on June 6th and the Election Night Results Special on June 8th.

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