Sky News launch debate series

Sky News

Later this week Sky News is to launch a brand new debate series with The Pledge. The broadcaster describes the show as a ‘new breed of debate show’.

“This is something really different for a TV news platform. Straight- talking, opinionated contributors, no conventional host. We are really excited.” – John McAndrew, Director of Content for Sky News

The weekly discussion programme has a format unique to British television. Entirely unmoderated, the participants are committed to free-speech and lively debate. It’s all about opinions, as five straight-talkers cross swords over five different issues every week.

Chosen for their strong views and range of experiences, a pool of nine high-profile panellists – Emma Barnett, James Caan, Michelle Dewberry, Greg Dyke, Nick Ferrari, Rachel Johnson, Graeme Le Saux, Michelle Mone and June Sarpong – have each made a pledge: to talk straight and tell it like it really is. And, in the absence of a presenter or moderator, there will be nothing to hold them back.

Every Thursday, five members of the team will appear on the show, each armed with an issue that they – and the viewers – care passionately about. As they make their case, expect open and frank discussions, absolute honesty – and controversy too. Additionally each week, The Pledge will reveal on television and mobile a musical mash up featuring a news story or individual who is in the news.

The Pledge will air from 8pm-9pm and will be filmed at Sky Studios in Osterley. Michelle Dewberry, Nick Ferrari, Rachel Johnson, Graeme Le Saux and June Sarpong will appear in the first programme on Thursday 21st April.

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