Broadcasters face challenge navigating way through new political landscape
If a coalition government involving the Lib Dems and the Conservatives comes to fruition it will produce severe problems for broadcasters in the allocation of airtime.
In the past we have frequently included a Lib Dem voice, and held three-way discussions on programmes such as Newsnight.
With a coalition that will be difficult. The danger from the Lib Dems' point of view is that they may now only appear on TV when one of their ministers is involved.
Three-way discussions may become a thing of the past, since there would be no three-way division of opinion.
And if we had three people in the studio then Labour would say that the government has two voices - Conservative and Lib Dem - and the opposition - Labour - only one.
Such a situation would also be good news for Labour, since unlike the main opposition party hitherto, they won't have to share their opposition status with a third party.
There's no precedent on this. The last time we had a peacetime coalition was before the broadcasting age.
This could prove a much more difficult issue for the broadcasters than organising the TV debates.