STV to broadcast its first TV debate on independence referendum

Scotland Tonight: Rona Dougall and John MacKay will front the new nightly programme on STV
Scotland Tonight: Referendum special debates hosted by John MacKay and Rona Dougall.© STV

STV’s current affairs programme, Scotland Tonight, is to broadcast its first major TV debate on the Scottish independence referendum.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Secretary Michael Moore will go head to head on Thursday May 16.

This is the first in a series of live, head-to-head Scotland Tonight Referendum Special debates examining key issues in the independence debate.

Presented by John MacKay and Rona Dougall, Scotland Tonight Referendum Special will see the politicians answer burning questions about the economics of independence and debate whether Scotland will be better or worse off as an independent country. They will also have the opportunity to cross-examine each other.

Political experts will provide analysis before, after and throughout the debate from a second STV studio, with viewers encouraged to interact by sending their own reactions via social media.

Gordon Macmillan, Head of News at STV, said: "STV is committed to providing a platform for debate around all the key issues ahead of the 2014 referendum and this series of Scotland Tonight specials will give viewers the opportunity to hear the arguments from both sides of the discussion, from Scotland’s biggest political players."

The debate will be streamed live on the STV News website and will be available for catch-up on the STV Player.

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