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Political chat and debate with Robert Peston moves to Wednesday nights at 10:30pm from September, under the shortened name of “Peston”.

ITV has announced that Robert Peston’s current affairs show is to move to a new slot on Wednesday nights, airing after ITV’s New at Ten.

The successful current affairs series has aired on ITV since May 2016 on Sunday mornings, with a post-news repeat introduced in September 2016, which boosted the ratings and quickly became the programme’s most popular transmission.

Robert Peston said: “I could not be more pleased and excited that Peston on Sunday is moving to a Wednesday night slot, under the shortened name of Peston.

“It has always struck me as significant that Peston on Sunday typically has double or more viewers for its 10.15pm repeat than for its live broadcast at 10am, so I wanted to explore a possible move to first transmission in the evening, and it then seemed natural to change the broadcast day to Wednesday – because this is often the biggest political day of the week, and includes Prime Ministers’ Questions.

“I am immensely proud of what we have created at Peston on Sunday. Peston, in its new slot, will retain its blend of agenda-setting interviews, digital interaction with the audience, cutting-edge graphical analysis, informality and fun, with some exciting new elements.

“There is no more important time to be challenging our leaders and influencers on the issues that matter to ITV’s viewers – with the UK facing the most momentous political choices for a generation, on Brexit, on how to fund and run vital public services, on how to solve the housing crisis, on how to end the record-breaking stagnation of living standards.

“At the new Peston we aim to be at the heart of the national debate, but never pompously or boringly”.

ITV’s Director of News and Current Affairs Michael Jermey added: “Robert and the team have done a great job in creating what we believe is the most engaging and interesting political interview programme on television.

“We look forward to ‘Peston’, in its new slot, providing viewers with great political conversation and analysis on what is often the most interesting political day of the week.”

Peston is produced by Shiver, ITV Studios Factual label. Vicky Flind is Series Editor, the Executive Producers are Mark Rubens for Shiver and Geoff Hill for ITN/ITV News. ITV’s Controller of Current Affairs Tom Giles is the Commissioning Editor.

Peston will return in its new Wednesday night slot this Autumn.