TV debate,”Ask the Chancellors” moving with the times via Facebook & Twitter

Tomorrow will see a live television debate between Alastair Darling, current Chancellor, and 2 opposing would-be chancellors. The three have agreed to a no-holds-barred confrontation in contrast to the leaders debates which have been planned, which have strict limitations and rules.

This upcoming General Election will really be the first when social media, such as Facebook and Twitter will have a maximum impact, and the televised debate shows signs of moving with the times. Not only will it be televised live on Channel 4, but viewers will also be able to see it live on the internet along with a Twitter stream.

There’ll also be a Facebook page discussing it, along with blogging by various journalists in the know and Cathy Newman, a political correspondent will be fact-checking information given by the debaters, as it happens. In a bid to appeal to younger voters digital media will be used so that people on the internet can not only vote on who impresses them most, but also receive the results updated in real-time, until the end of the programme.

Questions at the debate will be put to the politicians by members of the audience, and intriguingly the Chancellor and would-be chancellors will have no prior warning of the questions that will be asked, which looks set to make it a lively and captivating debate. What question would you ask to whom, if you had the chance to “Ask the Chancellors”?

Source: timesonline.co.uk