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The leaders of the four man parties competing in the B.C. election take part in a pre-debate photo op in Vancouver on April 29, 2013. (JONATHAN HAYWARD/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The leaders of the four man parties competing in the B.C. election take part in a pre-debate photo op in Vancouver on April 29, 2013. (JONATHAN HAYWARD/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

B.C. leaders’ debate watched by 1.4 million people Add to ...

Roughly 1.4 million people watched all or part of this week’s televised leaders debate in advance of the May 14 B.C. election.

The ratings figure was released Tuesday by Ian Haysom, senior news director for Global BC and a spokesman for the broadcast consortium that produced the 90-minute program.

“That’s a big figure,” said Mr. Haysom, who did not have ratings figures on hand for the televised debate ahead of the 2009 election.

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However, he said the ratings were higher than in 2009.

On Monday night, the leaders of the provincial Liberals, NDP, Conservatives and Green Party assembled for the only televised debate during the campaign.

The program aired between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m PT on CTV, CBC, Global and City, as well as BC1, Sun TV and CPAC.

Mr. Haysom said the first 30 minutes were the highest-rated portion, then viewership dipped a bit for the next 30 minutes, before rising in the last third of the broadcast. “The last part was very high, as high as the first half-hour,” he said.

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