Newspapers and YouTube want to host leaders' debate

A proposal to stage a possible 2015 General Election debate on the internet has been put forward by the Guardian, the Telegraph and YouTube.

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Gordon Brown after a leaders' debate in 2010. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive

The three main broadcasters - ITV, BBC and Sky - hosted one debate each in the run-up to the 2010 election.

However, the alliance between YouTube and the two newspapers wants to "break the monopoly" broadcasters hold on the debates and "allow innovative audience participation", according to the Guardian.

The consortium have also vowed to have a female moderator if they host a debate after three men - Alastair Stewart, David Dimbleby and Adam Boulton - hosted the events before the last election.

Alan Rusbridger, the Guardian editor-in-chief, said: "The digital world has become an increasingly vital democratic tool and forum for debate, and it's imperative that politicians understand and embrace the opportunities afforded to them by it."