But televised political debates are not just an American phenomenon. They take place in virtually all European countries, regardless of their political system. In fact, the UK was a latecomer to the game.
Of course, having a debate without a vote to go along with it
And arranged very quickly - In Denmark in 2015 the first debate was about a day or two after the election was called.
Indeed. Though it's a lot easier in most countries where the main broadcasters usually still have studios...
I guess the difficulty is finding a studio/venue which can accommodate an audience, which might be easiest done at short notice by bumping the planned Question Time panel and using the venue and pre-vetted (for balance) audience.
If it's just a straight debate with no/minimal audience it could probably be done in Studio B and branded as a Newsnight Debate or similar.
Or take the approach Yorkshire did whenever they were short of a studio - frame it as a discussion down the pub and do it on the Woolpack set
Last edited by Steve in Pudsey on 9 December 2018 11:35am
Write that down in your copybook now.