Media release: Debate Night embarks on virtual tour, in new series


BBC Scotland’s Debate Night programme begins a new series on Wednesday 16 September with a virtual audience to ensure politicians and other public figures can be questioned about the big issues while Covid 19 restrictions continue.

Audiences for the current affairs debate programme will be able to put their questions to a panel of politicians and public figures via video link from the comfort of their own homes. Those selected will be invited to ask questions and debate with the panellists in the studio which will be set up to ensure social distancing.

The 12 audience members for the first programme which airs on the BBC Scotland channel at 10.30 pm on Wednesday, 16 April, will be drawn from across Scotland before the series goes on a virtual tour of towns, cities and regions.

Presenter, Stephen Jardine, said: “Debate Night is the only place where people are regularly able to put their questions and experiences directly to Scotland’s policymakers in their own words. Having a forum like this has scarcely been more important and, despite the restrictions in place, we are determined to continue giving people the opportunity to quiz those in charge.”

People interested in applying to be a member of the Debate Night audience can apply here:

Details of the rest of Debate Night’s ‘virtual’ tour are here:

Wednesday 23 September – Aberdeen
Wednesday 30 September – Edinburgh and Lothian
Wednesday 7 October – Argyll & Bute
Wednesday 28 October – Galashiels, Hawick, Peebles
Wednesday 4 November – Greater Glasgow
Wednesday 11 November – Dundee
Wednesday 18 November – Ayrshire

Panellists for each programme will be confirmed nearer transmission dates. In the first programme, the panellists taking the questions are:

John Swinney MSP Deputy First Minister, SNP

Jamie Greene MSP MSP Scottish Conservatives, West Scotland, Education spokesperson

Pauline McNeil MSP Labour, Glasgow, Housing, Communities & Equality spokesperson

Prof. Linda Bauld Professor of Public Health, University of Edinburgh

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