Herald and STV collaborate to ‘chart road to 2014′

THE Herald newspaper and braodcaster, STV, are collaborate on a three-part TV series on the upcoming referendum debate on Scotland’s constitutional future.

The three, one-hour programmes are scheduled to air on STV in Spring next year.

Says a statement issued by STV: “Road to the Referendum will incorporate interviews with people who are living through one of the most interesting periods in Scottish history, including current and former politicians as well as civil servants, party activists and a variety of Scottish opinion formers.

“STV will utilise its wealth of news archives, along with The Herald archives, from the past seven decades to bring the history of the Scottish independence debate to life and make an engaging, entertaining and debate-provoking series.”

Alan Clements, director of content for STV, is quoted, as saying: “STV is well positioned to provide a platform for the debate on Scottish independence and this series will be a journey through Scotland’s historical, social and cultural highlights from the past seven decades. Road to the Referendum will draw on an incredible archive of footage, images and interviews to provide an historical look at the question of independence. We aim to do for politics what The Football Years did for our national sport – explore it in a way that attracts a mass audience as well as the enthusiasts.”

Meanwhile, Herald & Times Group managing director, Tim Blott, is also quoted, as saying: “Road to the Referendum promises to make a significant contribution to Scotland’s understanding of the background and rationale behind the most significant decision facing the nation for 300 years.

“This production partnership between two of Scotland’s leading media companies allows us to harness an unrivalled range of archive resources and journalistic talent for Scotland’s newspaper and online readers and television viewers.”