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BR
Brekkie
Seems little point too in moving them around the country when they've hardly gone far - Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol could all pretty much pass off as Central England. It'll be interesting next time to see if the cities change.
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A former member
Seems little point too in moving them around the country when they've hardly gone far - Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol could all pretty much pass off as Central England. It'll be interesting next time to see if the cities change.


IF it happens again, I still think there should have gone to place like Hull, Newcastle, Dover
GE
thegeek Founding member
Adam Boulton on Sky has just said that Dimbleby will be moderating the debate on one side of the university before dashing across to the other side to present QT. From that I take it they have separate studios.

The Daily Mail will be sharpening their pencils then - not only have they spent money on one set, they've spent money on another too!
I know you said that with tongue in cheek somewhat, but Question Time is something of a travelling circus - it brings with It its own set, its own crew, its own OB trucks.

When it's been at TV Centre, Mentorn (the indie who make it) dry-hire a studio, and Arqiva park a scanner outside - and as far as I know, use their own cameras. The only difference is that they plug their output into TVC rather than doing a satellite uplink.
DD
DarkestDreams
Early viewing figures suggest an audience for last night's third leaders' debate of around 8.1m viewers across BBC1, BBC HD and the BBC News channel. No figures yet for how many watched on Sky.

Quite an impressive number really.
WW
WW Update
Early viewing figures suggest an audience for last night's third leaders' debate of around 8.1m viewers across BBC1, BBC HD and the BBC News channel. No figures yet for how many watched on Sky.

Quite an impressive number really.


You think so? The last French presidential debate got an audience of around 20 million viewers (in a country with a similar population size).

Given all the publicity, and the fact that the election is only a week away, I would have expected a larger audience.
BR
Brekkie
I still can't decide whether it's a good thing or a bad thing the election could be decided on the basis of three TV debates, though I would say only the Lib Dems have really benefited from them. I don't think the Tories took advantage of the platform in the way they were expected too (despite what the Murdoch media might like to think), whilst you can't really put Labour's woes down to what's happened in the debates.


I still think we are missing those "Ask the Leader" type shows this year though where the individual leaders are put in the spotlight. The debates only allow quite generic questions to be asked and don't give the opportunity for parties individual policies to be grilled.
DD
DarkestDreams
Early viewing figures suggest an audience for last night's third leaders' debate of around 8.1m viewers across BBC1, BBC HD and the BBC News channel. No figures yet for how many watched on Sky.

Quite an impressive number really.


You think so? The last French presidential debate got an audience of around 20 million viewers (in a country with a similar population size).

Given all the publicity, and the fact that the election is only a week away, I would have expected a larger audience.


I meant that it was improvement on last weeks debate and even though it was scheduled against Coronation Street etc.
BR
breakingnews
So all three of the debates had relatively low audience figures, X Factor, for example, was scoring 14 million a week last year. Are the media hyping up these debates just a little out of self-interest?
MA
Magoo
So all three of the debates had relatively low audience figures, X Factor, for example, was scoring 14 million a week last year.

A sign of Broken Britain...

For what it’s worth, quite under whelmed with the BBC debate. I found David Dimbleby’s repetition of the questions every two minutes to be very unnecessary, they lost the sound on David Cameron’s microphone when he was making a point, and the frequent cutaways to show Gordon Brown shaking his head but hardly showing Nick Clegg’s reactions at all did not seem an even-handed approach at all.
EX
excel99
Dave posted:
Have all the debates been shown on CNN?

Just the second and third ones which were live on CNNI and cnn.com. They couldn't show the first one live since they broadcast here in the UK
JC
JCB
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I still can't decide whether it's a good thing or a bad thing the election could be decided on the basis of three TV debates,


I would rather the Election be decied on the debates then the newspapers.

If you're interested; The Daily Show on the Sky News Debate & Gillian Duffy
DE
derek500
Early viewing figures suggest an audience for last night's third leaders' debate of around 8.1m viewers across BBC1, BBC HD and the BBC News channel. No figures yet for how many watched on Sky.


The Guardian have updated the figures now. Another 329,000 watched on Sky News.

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