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Ad blackout for party leaders' historic TV debates

LONDON - ITV and Sky's 90-minute televised debates between the prime ministerial candidates will be free of ad breaks.

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ITV, Sky and the BBC will make history in the new year when they show the first TV debates between general election candidates in the UK.

Gordon Brown, the Labour prime minister, David Cameron, the Conservative party leader and Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat party leader, will take part in three peak time debates.

ITV will produce the first debate, hosted by Alastair Stewart, and will make it available to other broadcasters immediately after transmission.

The BBC and Sky will make their programmes available to other broadcasters simultaneously.

Adam Boulton will host the second debate for Sky and David Dimbleby will host the BBC's.


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