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Coronation Street and Emmerdale change time slots

Coronation Street and Emmerdale change time slots as ITV announce huge schedule shaking up – putting them in competition with BBC’s EastEnders



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Coronation Street and Emmerdale will be changing their time slots in March in one of ITV’s biggest schedule changes in years.

The broadcaster has confirmed that both shows will be changing time slots as ITV extend their news program by one hour between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

Coronation Street turns into three one-hour episodes a week that air Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm.

Change: Coronation Street and Emmerdale will change their time slots in March in one of ITV's biggest schedule changes in years

Change: Coronation Street and Emmerdale will change their time slots in March in one of ITV’s biggest schedule changes in years

Emmerdale now airs right after the 7:30 p.m. news.

ITV announced the news on Monday with schedule changes sent from both of the soap’s official Twitter accounts.

The change will put ITV’s soaps in direct competition with the BBC’s EastEnders.

The BBC declined to comment when MailOnline contacted them about whether this might change their schedule.

Switchover: The broadcaster has confirmed that both shows will change time slots as ITV extend their news program by one hour between 6.30pm and 7.30pm

Switchover: The broadcaster has confirmed that both shows will change time slots as ITV extend their news program by one hour between 6.30pm and 7.30pm

Switchover: The broadcaster has confirmed that both shows will change time slots as ITV extend their news program by one hour between 6.30pm and 7.30pm

Competition: The change will put ITV's soaps in direct competition with the BBC's EastEnders

Competition: The change will put ITV's soaps in direct competition with the BBC's EastEnders

Competition: The change will put ITV’s soaps in direct competition with the BBC’s EastEnders

John Whiston, ITV’s Managing Director of Continuing Drama, said of the schedule change: ‘With Coronation Street bursting with fantastic stories and characters, the new format gives the show a brilliant new canvas to shine on.

“And Emmerdale will do what it does best in this new timeslot where viewers can continue to enjoy the dramatic goings-on in the Dales.”

ITV’s Managing Director Kevin Lygo said in a statement: ‘As viewing habits change rapidly, the live audience of our national and international news programs remains remarkably strong.

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1643032160 530 Coronation Street and Emmerdale change time slots

New Times: ITV announced the news on Monday with schedule changes sent from both of the soap's official Twitter accounts

New Times: ITV announced the news on Monday with schedule changes sent from both of the soap's official Twitter accounts

New Times: ITV announced the news on Monday with schedule changes sent from both of the soap’s official Twitter accounts

Our evening news reached no fewer than 35.6 million viewers in 2021. We are very pleased to announce this investment in what is a major strength of ITV’s public service – quality, impartial, trusted broadcast journalism – at a time when it couldn’t be more important.

“The country’s two most popular ongoing dramas, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, are fundamental to ITV’s success and we know that, as with all dramas, viewers are increasingly watching them whenever and however they want.

“The new schedule means viewers can watch them live on TV in one go in a continuous soap fix, as well as on ITV Hub, where they regularly feature in the most watched shows each month.”

New Time: Coronation Street turns into three one-hour episodes a week, airing at 8pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

New Time: Coronation Street turns into three one-hour episodes a week, airing at 8pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

New Time: Coronation Street turns into three one-hour episodes a week, airing at 8pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

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