ITV and BBC to pause broadcast for nationwide clap for NHS carers

Both ITV and BBC are set to pause their broadcasts at 8pm for the round of applause for our carers.

The two channels will stop their programming so as they nation can take part in the Clap For Our Carers movement, which pays tribute to the NHS staff on the frontline amid the coronavirus pandemic.

ITV’s coverage will be replaced by idents which encourage viewers to donate to NHS Charities Together.

Carolyn McCall, Chief Executive at ITV, said: ‘ITV is joining the rest of the country in thanking everyone in the NHS and carers who are doing such a vital and fantastic role – so we will pause our programming at 8pm to applaud the heroes within the NHS for the remarkable efforts they are making, and raise as much money for NHS charities as we can thanks to our viewers’ generosity.’

 Annemarie Plas, the creator of the #ClapforourCarers movement in the UK, added: ‘I am really delighted that ITV is backing the initiative to clap for all who there are out there taking care of us, and helping keep that Thursday 8pm moment alive.’

The first Clap For Our Carers took place last week, with people across the nation standing outside their doors for a round of applause for NHS staff.

London landmarks including the London Eye, Royal Albert Hall and Wembley were also lit up blue during the tribute last week.

Due to the success of the Clap for our Carers campaign, there have been widespread calls for a round of applause to be held every week as the NHS continues to fight the crisis.–wJmyE/

Famous faces including the Beckham family and Daniel Craig took part in the first event, with Victoria Beckham explaining in her video: ‘Us Beckhams are all clapping to show our thanks to all the people that are working so hard in the NHS.’

‘All the doctors, all the nurses, keeping us safe, working so so hard.’ ‘We’re so proud of you guys, thank you so much,’ David added.

Boris Johnson also took part, standing outside Downing Street for the round of applause.

The UK death toll currently stands at 2,352, after another 563 died after contracting the virus.

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