Friday, November 8, 2019

It's complicated

The BBC's plans on questioning party leaders are out, with quite a few loose ends dangling.

There's a marathon two hour Question Time coming, on Friday 22 November, with Fiona Bruce in Sheffield; but there's no debate - Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon and Jo Swinson take audience questions for thirty minutes separately.

In the run up to the election, Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit Party, is 'expected' (my inverted commas) to take part in a 30 minute Question Time special and Sian Berry or Jonathan Bartley, leaders of the Green Party, will also 'feature' (my inverted commas) in an audience-focused special programme.

On Friday 29 November, Nick Robinson will host a "seven-way podium" debate between leaders or senior figures from the seven major GB political parties. The format will see each of the panellists make short opening statements; these will then be followed by questions and debate, and short closing statements.

On Friday 6 December, Nick Robinson chairs a head-to-head between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, live from Southampton. ITV will have held their stab at this format, with Julie Etchingham, seventeen days earlier.  What the BBC will do if either the Tories or Labour have dropped out of contention in polling is surmise.....

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