STV announces second live debate on Scottish independence referendum

Bernard Ponsonby in front of the Scotland Decides background
Bernard Ponsonby: STV's political editor will moderate the discussion.STV

STV has announced a second televised debate on the independence referendum.

Yes or No - The Debate will be broadcast live from The Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on September 2 between 8pm and 10pm.

The programme will feature two panels of three representatives from each side of the referendum debate, discussing key topics such as the economy, health, education, defence and international affairs.

It will be in the "town hall" format often used in US presidential debates and will allow the panellists to engage directly with an audience up to 350 Yes, No and undecided voters from across Scotland.

The audience will be selected in conjunction with Ipsos-MORI and will feature equal numbers of Yes and No supporters and a smaller number of undecideds.

The debate will be hosted by Bernard Ponsonby, STV’s political editor.

Following the debate, a special edition of Scotland Tonight, hosted by John Mackay, will have all the highlights and analysis from 10.30pm.

Gordon Macmillan, Head of News at STV, said: "This two-hour debate will give members of the public the opportunity to put their questions to key figures on both sides of the campaign. In the final days before the referendum on September 18 we are sure there will be burning questions on all the big issues.

"The forthcoming referendum on Scottish independence has played a significant part in our current affairs programming over the last year and we will continue to bring viewers all the latest news and analysis in the run up to September 18."

The programme will also be broadcast live in the Border region of Scotland. It will then be shown across the rest of the UK on ITV1 between 10.40pm and 00.40am and on STV Glasgow from 11.00pm. It will also be simulcast livestream on the STV Player.

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