BBC Scotland to track ‘hopes, dreams and fears’ of 50 teenagers during run-up to referendum

A GROUP of 50 teenagers are to share their “hopes, dreams and fears” on BBC Scotland and BBC Radio Scotland during the lead up to next year’s referendum on Scotland’s constitutional future.

On Tuesday, one year and one day to go before the referendum vote, the group – 26 boys and 24 girls – will be unveiled at BBC Scotland’s HQ in Glasgow, as ‘Generation 2014’. They will be aged 16 and 17 on September 18 next year and will therefore have the right to take part in the ballot.

Says a BBC Scotland media release: “The group was selected after a nationwide application and audition process and over the next twelve months and more they’ll tell BBC Scotland audiences about their hopes, dreams and fears.

“They’ll blog and tweet as well as speak to BBC Scotland TV and Radio.

“They hail from across the country – from Coldstream to the Shetland Islands, from the east of Scotland to Lewis – and have been brought up speaking Scots, English and Gaelic, but also Urdu, Punjabi, Hausa and Polish.”

The release quotes David Stenhouse, executive producer of Generation 2014, as saying: “We are delighted they are coming on board. They will become part of the BBC Scotland family, our window on the generation of young Scots who will help decide our future.”