SKY Television confirmed today the broadcast of Campaign 2011, a series of pre-election programmes produced by Richard Harman and hosted by Barry Soper, one of New Zealand’s most experienced political journalists.

Campaign 2011 comprises four one-hour programmes; a debate involving the Leaders of the minor parties in Parliament; two separate ‘Meet the Press’ sessions with Prime Minister John Key and Labour Leader Phil Goff followed by the final programme on the upcoming MMP referendum.

Each programme will be moderated by Barry Soper (Prime, NewstalkZB and SKY News political editor) with questions coming from a panel of some of the country’s top journalists.

The panel will be headlined by two of the country’s most eminent political journalists; Audrey Young (Political Editor, NZ Herald) and Vernon Small (National Affairs Editor, Fairfax).

Campaign 2011 will cover some of the big issues for this election and our politicians: the economy, poverty and welfare, taxation, the future of the Treaty of Waitangi, the MMP referendum, education, health and foreign policy.

The first of the four Campaign 2011 programmes will screen on SKY News NZ (SKY Channel 090) at 8:30pm on Sunday 30 October, with replays on free-to-air channel PRIME later that evening at 11:10pm, on SKY News NZ on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8.30 pm and with the final programme just days before the election, on Sunday 20 November.

The series will also be rebroadcast in Australia on SKY News, giving NZ voters living in Australia the chance to hear more about key NZ election issues. The programmes will be supported by a website and a Facebook page, giving viewers the opportunity to comment on the Leaders, the parties and the issues.

John Fellet, SKY Chief Executive, says “Campaign 2011 will provide New Zealand and Australian viewers with an informative and balanced view of the policies and politics associated with the upcoming election.”

“Voters will be able to deliberate and consider how the next Government may be formed, with Leaders and their parties having the time to present their case in a non confrontational environment,” says Fellet.

Programme updates will be provided throughout the Campaign 2011 series