Network TV election debates will change more

By Press Office
January 30, 2015

Commenting on the latest statement from the BBC and ITV about the 2015 General Election leaders' debates, Simon Barrow, co-director of the politics and beliefs think-tank Ekklesia, which proposed multi-party debates and a civil society one on network TV, said:

"Thinking is clearly shifting within the major network broadcasters about the changing nature of politics across the nations of Britain and Ireland, the issue of a more participatory approach to democracy, the question of parties or leaders as the focus, and the facilitative role of network broadcasters in a multi-platform media environment.

"However you vote, it is helpful that the iron grip of so-galled 'major parties', buttressed by an non-proprtional voting system for Westminster, is being loosened, But there is still a long way to go.

"Whatever network television debates occur in 2015, it is surely a staging post to further reform and change.

"Politics needs to be about people, not vested interests, and a plural media - and not least a public service broadcaster - needs to reflect that, so that the spectrum of beliefs, policies and values are heard."

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