20 Jul 2010

Election debate may move to avoid TV cooking show

4:44 pm on 20 July 2010

Major political parties in Australia are considering moving the time of a televised federal election debate, to avoid clashing with the popular TV show Masterchef.

A debate between Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was expected to be held at the same time as the final of the series on Sunday night.

Ms Gillard says it is likely there will only be one televised debate in the campaign.

The ABC understands that the debate could be aired early, from 6:30pm, to avoid running up against Masterchef on Channel 10 from 7:30pm.

The election will be held on 21 August.