April 20th, 2015

CNN to broadcast special interactive UK Election debate

  • Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem, UKIP and SNP representatives to take part
  • Christiane Amanpour and Max Foster to host at McLaren Thought Leadership Centre

London 20 April 2015.  CNN International is to broadcast a special interactive debate ahead of the UK election, to be broadcast on Friday 24 April at 7pm BST.  Conservative peer Baroness Neville Jones, Labour’s Chris Bryant, Liberal Democrat peer Lord Steel, UKIP’s Louise Bours, and the SNP’s Humza Yousaf will be quizzed by CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour and UK Correspondent Max Foster.

The debate will take place at the McLaren Technology Group’s new Thought Leadership Centre, in front of a specially selected audience designed to represent the UK electorate.

As part of the debate the studio audience will be invited to give its take on key issues, with the results displayed in real time on the debate floor.  Topics such as immigration, Europe, the health service, the economy, and Britain’s place in the world are up for discussion.

Gill Penlington, Director of Programming, EMEA, at CNN International said: “There is huge interest in the UK election from an international perspective, especially with so many issues that transcend this country’s borders.  This debate is the perfect chance to explore those issues, as well as get a genuinely representative picture of the UK electorate’s views on them.  It should be a fascinating debate at a key point in the campaign.”

CNN International’s UK Election Debate airs at 7pm BST on 24 April 2015, with a later highlight programme at 10pm BST.  Viewers in the UK can watch on Sky 506, Virgin Media 607, and Freesat 207.


Note to editors:

CNN is a McLaren-Honda partner for the 2015 Formula 1 season and beyond.  For the 2015 season, the partnership sees CNN’s branding appear on the front-wing endplates of the new McLaren-Honda MP4-30 Formula 1 car. It also allows for CNN’s use of McLaren’s new thought leadership centre, based within the McLaren Technology Campus in Woking, Surrey, UK, from which CNN International will produce several programmes to be broadcast globally across its network.