The biggest name in online search and the highest-rated network in cable news are teaming up for a presidential debate.
Google and Fox News have announced that they will present a GOP candidates debate Sept. 22 from Orlando, Fla, thus adding to the list of contests incorporating new media in some fashion.
Some Republicans already took part in a debate that used Twitter while NBC and Facebook have partnered for a separate event.
Bret Baier, host of “Special Report,” will moderate (as he did the last time) while show hosts Chris Wallace and Megyn Kelly will be on the panel asking questions. The panelists will also incorporate video and text queries submitted by the public through Fox News’ You Tube channel.
Viewers will vote on which questions they want answered while the broadcast will also present “public data and Google search trends” to contextualize questions and provide extra information.
“For access to news and information, it’s hard to imagine two more powerful brands than Fox News and Google, which is why we are proud to partner with a leader in global technology,” said Michael Clemente, Senior Vice President of News Editorial for Fox News. “The strength and reach of both should ensure a thorough and engaging debate that anyone can participate in.”
Fox News' last debate drew big ratings for the network, but this one comes in a crowded month for presidential debates. NBC and Politico are hosting a debate Sept. 7 to be broadcast on MSNBC while CNN and the Tea Party have one set for Sept. 12.