The leaders' TV debates are already running into trouble in two ways. the TV schedulers are worried about a clash with Champions' League games, which are being played everu Tuesday and Wesnesday in April. Personally, I would like to see the debates scheduled for a Saturday or Sunday evening, as that would maximise the audience.
The second area of concern is the format of the debates. According to the News of the World there will be absolutely no audience interaction, with people being discouraged from clapping, let along asking questions. This is a pity. I'd far rather audience members got a chance to quiz the leaders with no input from an interviewer at all.
But it is the fact that Labour are apparently insisting on having the lion's share of the audience, on the basis of their parliamentary majority! Astonishing. Or maybe not. Perhaps we should expect it of them.
I'll be discussing the scheduling issue on the Stephen Nolan Show on 5 Live just after 11pm tonight.