TV3 has announced plans to broadcast a debate between Prime Minister, John Key, and the Leader of the Opposition, Phil Goff, as part of Decision ’11. The hour-long debate will be moderated by John Campbell and will take place in the week leading up to the General Election on November 26.
TV3 will use the innovative Roy Morgan Reactor to track the responses of a panel of non-committed voters. The Reactor’s results will be instantaneously displayed on screen, allowing viewers to see the reaction of the electorate in real time.
For the first time, the general public will also be invited to respond to the debate, through the ground-breaking Roy Morgan Reactor smart phone app. Their responses will be broadcast in real time, and will be clearly distinguished from the reactions of the panel.
3 News Auckland Bureau Chief Keith Slater says:
“We are delighted to have secured exclusive use of the Roy Morgan Reactor for what will no doubt be a decisive moment in the election campaign.
“This is new technology, which will add another dimension to the debate, and we expect the smart phone app to engage younger voters whose opinions can be difficult to measure.”
The Leaders Debate will be part of Decision ’11, authoritative and comprehensive coverage of the General Election from TV3’s leading news service.