BBC Radio Scotland is expanding its current affairs coverage with a simulcast of the weekly television discussion show, Debate Night, followed by a new discussion programme, Debate Night Extra.
Hosted by Calum MacDonald (pictured), the hour-long Debate Night Extra will open up the phone lines to give the BBC Radio Scotland audience a chance to air their views on what they’ve just heard or explore further the issues raised.
The first simulcast will be at 10.30 pm this Wednesday, 18 September, with Debate Night Extra following at 11.30 pm. There’ll be eight episodes in this run of Debate Night which will visit five towns and cities over the next three months.
Hosted by Stephen Jardine, Debate Night is the flagship debate show on the BBC Scotland channel which launched in February this year. The show has won plaudits for the range of the subjects covered and the constructive tone of the discussions during its inaugural 12 episode run on the channel.
Heather Kane-Darling, lead editor, BBC Radio Scotland, said Debate Night Extra is an exciting addition to the station’s topical programming and comes at a remarkable time in recent political history.
She said: “We’re delighted Calum MacDonald is hosting our new programme which will give audiences a chance to discuss the big talking points raised in Debate Night. It’s an important addition to our programming at a time when audiences are hungry for answers on a whole range of issues in Scotland and beyond.”
The launch of the additional programming follows on from a similar move six years ago when BBC Radio Five Live began simulcasting Question Time and aired a follow-up show to further debate the topics addressed.
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