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Updated: Monday 21 December 2009

The Leaders’ Debate

The Three main political parties have agreed to a series of Live Television debates before the next General Election.

ITV will host the first debate, chaired by Alastair Stewart. Adam Boulton will chair the second debate for Sky News and the BBC will air the third and final debate, chaired by Question Time presenter, David Dimbleby.

The debates will broadcast at peak time and will be about an hour and half long in front of a live audience.

Head of Sky News, John Ryley, said: “The agreement between the broadcasters and the parties is an historic moment in British journalism and very good for democracy.”

Adam Boulton said: “I’m delighted and honoured to be chairing one of these debates.
“I’ve been campaigning for television debates between leaders ever since I became a political journalist.”