Salmond to host current affairs show on 'big issues facing Scotland'

The former first minister will launch the current affairs programme this week.

Alex Salmond launches new current affairs show Scotland Speaks to be broadcast on social media Getty Images

A new current affairs show hosted by Alex Salmond will launch this week.

The programme has been billed by its creators as an “unremittingly positive exploration of the big issues facing Scotland”.

As well as current affairs, Scotland Speaks will explore economics, history, sport and business.

It will be hosted by the Alba Party leader and Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, the former SNP MP who later joined Salmond’s new independence-focused party.

Ahmed-Sheikh also worked on the former first minister’s RT UK programme The Alex Salmond Show.

It comes a week after Ofcom announced an investigation into the Alba leader for another show he hosted on Talk TV.

Salmond said: “At an important time in Scotland’s story, both the Scottish and Westminster parliaments seem pre-occupied with navel-gazing and side issues.

“Scotland Speaks will address the themes which will chart the future.

“In particular, we need to lift the debate in Scotland onto the big challenges and opportunities facing the nation.

“This is an exciting new venture and I am looking forward to it enormously. I want to hear from people with something to say about the future of Scotland.

“We intend to point the way forward on the debates that really matter, and to let Scotland Speak.”

Ahmed-Sheikh said: “There is no shortage of issues just now and certainly no shortage of voices willing to make a positive contribution.

“Scotland Speaks will bring them together every Thursday at 9pm across all social media platforms.”

Scotland Speaks will be broadcast from Slainte Media’s studios in Glasgow across social media platforms on July 13.

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