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Sky News to show election debate in HD

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Sky News Channel
Sky News has outlined its coverage plans for the 2010 election campaign, including the prime ministerial debate programme being aired in high definition.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown yesterday confirmed that the general election will go ahead on May 6, with all parties now launching their campaigns in earnest.

Ahead of the election, Sky News will host a new show, titled Randall and Boulton Unleashed, in which Sky's political editor Adam Boulton and business presenter Jeff Randall will discuss the day's developments from Monday to Friday, 7pm to 8pm.

On April 22, Boulton will host Sky's prime ministerial debate between the main candidates - Gordon Brown, Nick Clegg and David Cameron - on the Sky News channel from 8pm to 9.30pm.

The debate will also be carried in high definition on Sky News HD at position 517 on Sky's EPG to "give viewers a taste" of the channel ahead of its full launch.

Kay Burley will host live coverage around the debate, including analysis from politicians, pundits and viewers. Sky News' body language expert Dr. Peter Collett will assess each leader's behaviour to gauge how well they have coped under pressure.

Sky News is also hosting national debates in Scotland and Wales between the major political parties, with Boulton again chairing the discussion in front a live studio audience.

The Welsh debate will go ahead on April 18, followed by the Scottish debate on April 25, with both programmes running from 10.30pm to midnight.

On election night, Sky News and Sky News HD will carry the Decision Time programme from 9pm, with Burley joining Jeremy Thompson and Anna Botting to front the pre-count coverage. Eamonn Holmes and Dermot Murnaghan will then take over as the counts finish and the story shifts to Westminster.

Speaking about the coverage lineup, Sky News boss John Ryley said: "Sky News' non-stop coverage; on air, online, on mobile, on radio and via social media, will give our customers the sharpest, information rich, picture-led service on offer."

Sky News has also "enhanced" its iPhone app to provide national and local election news direct to iPhone users throughout the campaign.

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