UPDATE: In addition to scheduling changes, ITV has released a statement saying that Emmerdale and Coronation Street will have “fewer cast and crew” and are “scaling back location shooting whilst adhering to the Government’s guidelines.”
ITV has announced there will be a change to the scheduling pattern of both Coronation Street and Emmerdale amid the coronavirus pandemic.
From 30th March, Emmerdale will air on Monday to Friday at 7pm while Coronation Street will broadcast new episodes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:30pm.
However, despite BBC closing down filming on all of its continuous dramas, ITV has said that for the time being its production teams are still filming new episodes of its soaps.
A statement from ITV read, “The continued transmission of both soaps is a priority to all of us at ITV and to our audiences who enjoy the shows.
“Whilst carefully adhering to the latest health advice from the Government and Public Health England, our production teams are continuing to film episodes in Manchester and Leeds.
“With this change of transmission pattern it will ensure we have great new soap episodes coming to air every weekday night until at least the early summer.
“With effect from Monday 30th March Coronation Street and Emmerdale’s scheduling pattern will be changing due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Emmerdale will air Monday to Friday at 7pm and Coronation Street Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7.30pm.”
The announcement from ITV follows news that the BBC were altering the EastEnders scheduling pattern, while all of the BBC’s continuing dramas have now halted filming.