While I am delighted these debates will happen I wish they weren't all going to be the same. The beauty of US Presidential debates is that each one is a different format. Still, I suppose we should be grateful for small mercies, as quite frankly, I must admit I thought that something would happen to scupper them.
Full story HERE on the BBC.
And well done to Sky News for their relentless campaign to make these debates happen. Without it I am not sure we'd have had today's announcement.
UPDATE 7.30pm: I totally disagree with Tim Montgomerie's stance on this, as outlined HERE. He thinks it's an early Christmas present from Cameron to Clegg and Brown. Yes, debates are risky things, but it is entirely right and proper for the electorate to judge their potential prime ministers through this format. Tim's argument seems to be based purely on what is in David Cameron's party political interest, although I see he has denied this on Twitter...
I'm not just being partisan @IainDale I've never watched a US debate that turned on a big issue, only by a controlled exchange of soundbites
Well, it's a fair point, but that's rather up to the participants isn't it - and the broadcasters - to try to elevate things beyond that? It's not an argument against the principle of debates.
Of course these debates are risky for David Cameron. He will remember that in the head to heads with David Davis during the leadership contest he never really came out on top. But I have little fear of that happening again. Conservatives ought to have confidence in David Cameron's ability to approach these debates in the right way.
Personally, I can't wait!
On another note, I am not sure why ITV are being granted a debate seeing as they have ditched any pretence at public service broadcasting. They no longer broadcast any political programmes and their news coverage is, well, patchy. If I worked for Channel 4, I'd be pretty hacked off by this turn of events.