Election Special Gets Go-Ahead
ITV1, Sky News and BBC One have agreed on Election Specials to be broadcast in the run up to the General Election. Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg will face off in a 90-minute debate on each channel.
Strict rules are being drawn out for the debates, which will cover areas such as domestic affairs, international issues and the economy. The public will be able to put questions to the party leaders as part of a studio audience and via email, but discussion with the audience will not be allowed. The interviewers are Alastair Stewart, Adam Boulton and David Dimbleby. They are also under strict orders to moderate rather than probe the interviewees.
In an attempt to include all regions of the UK, the BBC is promising separate debates for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It will also invite the smaller political parties to respond to the debate afterwards on BBC One’s News at Ten, Newsnight and Radio 4’s Today programme. It’s expected that the TV special will encourage more people to use the power of their vote and improve the turnout of voters compared to previous elections.