Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg is to speak first in the first debate, hosted by ITV, while Gordon Brown and David Cameron will do so in the subsequent debates, on Sky and the BBC.
From the BBC:
Three major broadcasters – the BBC, ITV and Sky – have agreed on the rules for hosting party leaders’ debates in the run-up to the general election.
The three 90-minute sessions will begin by focusing on domestic policies, international affairs and the economy.
The studio audiences will then be able to ask direct questions on any subject, with viewers doing the same via e-mail.
Labour’s Gordon Brown, Tory David Cameron and Lib Dem Nick Clegg agreed last year that they would appear.
The BBC is to hold separate party leader election debates in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Nick Clegg said,
It’s great news for the millions of people who are really angry, annoyed and frustrated about politics after the expenses scandals and want us to do things differently,” he said.
They want a different kind of general election campaign and I think these debates will give people the chance to have a really good look at the leaders, their values, their character, their judgements, their policies, before they make up their mind how they’re going to vote at the ballot box. [Sky]