Sky News is to launch the first ever current affairs debate show with panellists that include the departed FA chair Greg Dyke, journalist Rachel Johnson along with entrepreneurs, the lingerie tycoon Michelle Mone, ex-dragon James Caan and Aprentice winner Michelle Dewberry.
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The new weekly talk show The Pledge, a new weekly discussion show The Pledge, is Sky’s approach to programmes like The BBC’s Question Time and ITV’s The Agenda.
The broadcaster has said to The Guardian that the new program is “unique to British television” since the panelists will talk about issues that are “burning issues” of the week without the need for a moderator to steer the discussion.
Every week, five panelists, from a group that is nine will take part in the show, each bringing up the issue to be debated between the panel.
“This format will really deliver something new and the programme will celebrate common sense,” said John McAndrew, director of content for Sky News. “We want to bring our viewers more opinion, debate and argument on the most engaging subjects.”
The panellists include LBC Breakfast hosts Nick Ferrari, Dragons’ Den businessman James Caan, TV presenter June Sarpong, former England footballer Graeme Le Saux, Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry and Telegraph journalist Emma Barnett.
The first program to be recorded in the Sky Studios situated in Osterley It will air between 8pm and 9pm every Thursday beginning this week.