Adam Boulton on why live debates will be an election game changer

Polis director Charlie Beckett reports on comments by Sky political editor, Adam Boulton, at a Foreign Press Association event at the LSE.

Boulton convinced Beckett that the televised leader debates, one of which Boulton will host, could change the general election campaign.

“This campaign is about to be completely shaken up [by the first TV debate]. So far it has just been the lull before the storm” says Boulton. “It’s not just the live debates themselves. There will be re-runs on all the channels plus the online downloads, the YouTube mash-ups and the rest. They will be a real presence in the campaign. And it won’t just be about personality. Policy will be discussed because they have to talk about something for 90 minutes.”

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