Debate confirmed for 6:30pm Sunday

2013-08-09_1016The first Leader’s Debate is now confirmed for 6:30pm Sunday, to be held at the National Press Club in Canberra.

Details of broadcasts will be updated here as advised:

6:30pm ABC1 / ABC News 24:
The first leaders’ debate for the Federal Election will be on-air this Sunday at 6.30pm on ABC1 and ABC News 24 live from the National Press Club in Canberra.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott come face to face, to defend the key election policies that will shape our nation’s future.

From 6pm AEST on ABC1 and ABC News 24, Scott Bevan will present a special national edition of ABC News in the eastern states.

The one hour debate will be live from 6.30pm AEST on ABC1 and ABC News 24 and Australia Network. (4.30pm in WA, and 6pm in SA and the NT.)

For radio listeners, the debate will be live on the ABC NewsRadio network, ABC Local Radio Digital, Radio Australia and streamed at ABC online.

Following the debate, ABC News 24 will host a panel of experts to analyse and dissect the debate. Hosted by Julia Baird, the panel will include: ABC News 24’s Political Editor Lyndal Curtis, Michael Gleeson and Julian Leeser. This panel discussion will air live from 7.30pm (AEST), followed by a one-hour news bulletin at 8pm presented by Scott Bevan.

On ABC1, local ABC News bulletins will air from 7.30pm in the eastern states.

For WA, ABC1 will carry the national bulletin at 4pm and the debate live at 4.30pm.

6:30pm 7TWO
Seven News will broadcast live the first leaders’ debate of the federal election campaign on 7TWO this Sunday from 6.30pm.

The special 90-minute broadcast will be hosted by Melissa Doyle and Seven News political editor Mark Riley.

Viewers can have their say in real time with the 7News Viewer Vote, thanks to Seven News’ unique arrangement with global interactive platform iPowow.

Viewer votes will be tracked on-screen throughout the debate.

To participate in 7News Viewer Vote:

1. Download or update the free 7NEWS app for your iPhone, iPad or Android device.
2. Enter the Viewer Vote button and enter your region.
3. Turn on Viewer Vote notifications so you are alerted when voting opens.
4. Watch 7TWO on Sunday from 6.30pm to participate and watch the results unfold in real-time.

6:30pm GEM
It’s the clash voters and viewers have been waiting for: Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott, head to head, in the first televised debate of the 2013 Federal Election campaign.

It’s their pitch for the top job, and you can see The Great Debate live and commercial-free on GEM at 6.30pm AEST on Sunday night, in the run-up to the action from the fourth Ashes test.

Viewers in Perth will see the debate from 4.30pm, LIVE on Nine.

Hosted by Karl Stefanovic, The Great Debate sees the return of The Worm, and a studio audience of 100 undecided voters who will give their verdict on the performance of the two candidates.

There will be expert analysis from Nine’s Political Editor Laurie Oakes, along with former Rudd adviser Lachlan Harris and Coalition veteran Amanda Vanstone.

Viewers will be able to watch their comments and questions going to air during the debate via Twitter, using the hashtag: #YouDecide9

Darren Wick, Nine’s Director of News and Current Affairs, said: “This is the first chance voters have to see the two leaders go head to head, and it could cost either of them precious votes. We’re giving viewers a real chance to be part of the debate.

“We expect #YouDecide9 to be trending on Twitter as Mr Rudd and Mr Abbott speak. Comments and questions will go to air live during the debate. And we’re very pleased to welcome back The Worm. It’s a toss-up who the politicians fear the most, The Worm or Laurie Oakes, and we’ll have both with us on the night to give their verdict.”

Host Karl Stefanovic said: “This will be brutal, it will be bloody, and the decision of The Worm will be final. There’s no use for a decision review system in this game.”

The debate will also be streamed live at

6:30 ONE
As Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott square off in the first live debate of the election campaign, only on ONE will you be able tell us – and them – who you #Believe.

ONE is partnering with Twitter to run a live poll during the debate, with viewers able to use Twitter to tell us whether they #BelieveRudd or #BelieveAbbott.

ONE will show, on screen, how the candidates are tracking during the debate and who “Tweeters” have declared most believable.

Viewers comments made via Twitter, will also be shown on air.

World News Australia 2013 Election Special: The Leader’s Debate- Live
coverage of the first election debate between Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott from the National Press Club


SKY NEWS Political Editor David Speers has been chosen to moderate the debate between Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott this Sunday night in Canberra.

This is the third time David has hosted the formal Leaders’ Debate at the National Press Club, a role he also accepted in 2010 and 2007.

David Speers said: “It’s a real honour to be given the opportunity to moderate this debate. It’s a big responsibility and one I take very seriously. Together with the three excellent journalists on the panel we will aim to give both leaders equal treatment while exploring their plans for Australia’s future.”

The debate to be held at the National Press Club will air LIVE on SKY NEWS National (Ch 601) and The Election Channel (Ch 648) from 6.30pm (AEST). It will also be broadcast on SKY NEWS New Zealand and internationally at

SKY NEWS Chief Executive, Angelos Frangopoulos said: “This is great tribute to David’s unique position in Australian political journalism and underscores our network’s unrivalled commitment to LIVE national affairs coverage and analysis.”

SKY NEWS coverage commences from 4pm hosted by SKY NEWS Chief Political Reporter Kieran Gilbert.

From 7.30pm SKY NEWS Political Editor David Speers will host the analysis of the debate followed by a special two hour edition of Paul Murray LIVE at 9pm.

There will be encore screenings of the debate from 7.30pm on The Election Channel (Ch 648).

Full details of SKY NEWS Election night coverage will be released closer to polling day.


This post updates.


  1. Congrats to SBS Two who provided a 100% clean feed. No twitter streams, no tickers, not even a channel water mark.

    GEM on the other hand didn’t even have the decency to show the press club in full screen.

    Of course SBS Two probably rated sixth out of the six channels broadcasting the debate which would prove that people don’t care about clean feeds any more :/

  2. Surprised that Ten are showing it on One, I don’t think One have ever screened a news broadcast before, and it definitely is more of Ten’s new target demo.

  3. Finally something in HD on ONE, GEM and ABC24 but it’s the damn election debate! Guess the commercial networks don’t want to interrupt there regular Sunday programing on the main channels.

  4. Patrick Lion of News Limited doesn’t really understand that shows on the digi multi channels are no longer really ‘punted’ into obscurity. Times are changing and the Ashes have proven that people will go to the multi channels if they are interested. I’m enjoying this cultural shift.

  5. yes abc go to show it
    ABC News will host the first leaders debate for the Federal Election this Sunday at 6.30pm AEST on ABC1 and ABC News 24 live from the National Press Club Canberra.

    ABC1’s schedule for eastern states on Sunday 11 August:
    ABC News 6pm
    Australia Votes Leaders Debate 6.30pm
    Local news 7.30pm
    Grand Designs Revisited 8pm
    The Time Of Our Lives 8.45pm.

  6. I assume ABC will show it on News 24, as they have their state news editions on at 7pm. Interesting that neither nine or seven aren’t showing it on their main channels.

  7. Now if one of the networks would commit to event television live across the country (I’m in Perth) that would be great. That’s why I like ABC news 24 for these things…

  8. Do Channel Ten also have the right to show the debate? If so, they should definitely show this on their main channel.

    There are lots of viewers who simply ignore the digital channels, so being the only commercial network with coverage might give the network a point of difference.

    If nothing else it would provide a better lead in for Masterchef then two Modern Family repeats.

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