ITV To Launch Rival To Newsnight

Tom Bradby was the first journalist to bag an interview with Kate and Wills after they got engaged, he secured an invite to the wedding of the century and is now a pal to the Royal inner circle…but does his ambition know no limits?

ITV News’ political editor will now be hosting his own weekly eight-part current affairs show which will look at “the controversies and talking points of the past seven days” next spring.

If it sounds like a pretty familiar format, that’s because it is. And rumours are abound that the “forum for intelligent discussionâ€? will go head to head with BBC’s Newsnight.

Bradby said: “If the issue – be it political, societal, cultural or historical – is in the news and on the agenda, you would expect to see it debated here. We will aim to provide more light than heat, but we won’t duck controversy, nor take ourselves too seriously.”

The as-yet-unnamed series will be filmed at The Hospital Club in London and air on a week night in a late slot.

In each half-hour programme, Bradby will be joined by four studio guests to discuss stories ranging from politics to popular culture.

Chris Shaw, ITN Productions editorial director and the show’s executive producer, said: “Tom’s long career covering UK, international and political stories combined with his experience as a novelist and screenwriter makes him a well-informed and engaging host to cover a wide range of topics with his guests.”

Go on Tom, pull some strings and let’s see Prince Charles debate Dale Farm with Paddy Doherty.