Hot Off the Press Release: TVNZ Revises Debate Dates

TVNZ 1 will screen the first Leaders Debate live on September 22, the broadcaster announced today.

Here’s the media release:

TVNZ confirms revised Debate schedule for the 2020 General Election 

With the 2020 General Election shifting to 17 October, TVNZ’s Election coverage will also reflect the new date.

Revised Debate dates: 

TVNZ’s Debate line-up and moderators remain the same, with broadcast dates shifting by a month to align with the General Election.

  • The first live Leaders’ Debate takes place between Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins on 22 September at 7pm on TVNZ 1. This will be moderated by John Campbell.
  • The Young Voters Debate in association with the University of Auckland takes place on 28 September. This debate will be moderated by Jack Tame and streamed via and 1 NEWS social channels.
  • The Multi-Party Debate will take place on 8 October at 7pm on TVNZ 1. This Debate will be moderated by Jessica Mutch McKay
  • The final Leaders’ Debate airs on 15 October at 7pm on TVNZ 1. This Debate will also be moderated by Jessica Mutch McKay.

Several 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton polls will be released during this period, giving viewers insight into where voters are leaning.

Election night coverage and additional programming: 

There is no change to TVNZ’s 1 NEWS Vote 20 Election Night Special. This will be hosted in studio by John Campbell, Hilary Barry and Simon Dallow, with the 1 NEWS political team led by Jessica Mutch McKay crossing live from party bases.

Supporting programming from 1 NEWS, Te Karere, Q+A, Marae, Tagata Pasifika, Sunday and Re: also remains unchanged.

As advised, Debates and Election night coverage on TVNZ 1 will carry closed captions provided by TVNZ’s accessibility partner, Able. In partnership with Deaf Aotearoa’s iSign interpreting service, a New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) interpreted version of the three televised debates will be broadcast live on Kordia channel 200.

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