The Eurovision Debate takes place tonight at 8pm GMT, 9pm CET across Europe tonight. No this is not a debate on the Eurovision Song Contest but a debate organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) between the candidates for the post of European Commission President.
Who’s taking part?
5 candidates are taking part in the debate. They are
- Ska Keller, European Greens
- Alexis Tsipras, European Left Party
- Guy Verhofstadt, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe
- Jean-Claude Junker, European Peoples Party
- Martin Schulz, Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
The debate will be for 90 minutes and will be moderated by RAI anchor Monica Maggioni. RTÉ’s Conor McNally will be presenting the Social Media aspect of the debate which will be broadcast across 25 countries.
So where can you watch this debate?
Well you wont find it on RTÉ 1 or BBC 1.
The following are showing the debate on TV in English speaking countries (Full list of broadcasters here (PDF))
- Cable Public Affairs, Canada
- RTÉ Now News, Ireland
- BBC Parliament, UK
- Euronews, International
It can also be viewed on the Eurovision Debate website and followed online with the hastag #TellEurope
Not exactly expecting rating winners are they? Well whatever the viewer-ship, I for one will be watching, will you?
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