Airdate: The Great Debate

SKY News couldn't have asked for a better gift with Political Editor David Speers unanimously chosen to host this Sunday’s leaders’ debate.

As ABC News 24 looms SKY News couldn’t have asked for a better gift with Political Editor David Speers chosen by Labor and the Coalition to host this Sunday’s leaders’ debate at the National Press Club in Canberra.

The debate will air live and commercial free on SKY News (Channel 601) from 6.30pm AEST this Sunday, July 25, 2010.

Speers said, “It is a great honour and one that I take very seriously. The debate is an integral part of the election campaign and an important opportunity for Australians to see the two candidates who are vying to be Prime Minister explain their vision for the nation and be challenged on the key issues.”

SKY News Chief Executive, Angelos Frangopoulos, who has been very vocal against ABC News 24, said,“It is a testament to David’s respect and professionalism that he has been hand-picked to host the debate and we are very proud of him.”

Presuming ABC News 24 will also cover the event, this will ironically see a SKY News man on their channel within days of its launch.

SKY News coverage during the election includes ‘The Election Channel’ (Channel 648 and free online at www.a-pac.tv) which broadcasts news conferences, election programs and major election events, and SKY News Business (Channel 602) which focuses on the campaign from the perspective of business and finance – with news, commentary and analysis of policy announcements and their potential impact on both businesses and individuals.

6 Responses

  1. Nothing new here – Speers moderated the debate between Howard and Rudd in 2007 – with other journos asking the questions. The down-side is that two-thirds of the population don’t have PayTV, and will be wondering ” who is that bloke?”

  2. Not sure if this is a massive vote of confidence in Speers – Kerry O’Brien is the obvious choice (and indeed he usually hosted the debates back in the 90s) but the Liberals think he’s biased against them so Speers is the compromise choice.

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