BBC To Air Prez, VP Debates


For the first time ever, BBC America will air all four U.S. presidential and vice presidential debates this fall, network officials said Friday.

On the evenings of the debates, the network will broadcast a special two-hour edition of its BBC World News America program that will include each debate in its entirety as well as comprehensive analysis of each candidates’ performance on the issues.

The newscasts will air live from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET on BBC America and BBC World News.

On Friday, Sept. 26, Washington correspondent Katty Kay will anchor the show live from Oxford, Miss., the site of the first debate between presidential nominees Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama. Matt Frei will anchor the vice presidential debate on Thursday, Oct. 2 as well as the following two presidential debates on Tuesday, Oct. 7 and Wednesday, Oct. 15.

BBC World News America will take viewers out of the spin room and into the real world,” executive producer Rome Hartman said in a statement. “While our competitors spend time listening to campaign surrogates spouting pre-cooked claims of 'victory' for their candidate, we'll travel around the world to get real reaction from real people who've just watched the debate and made judgments for themselves.”