Media release: Debate Night breaks new ground with its first run of live programmes


DEBATE Night, the BBC Scotland programme which gives the audience the chance to question public figures, is going live for the next four episodes with an earlier time.

The programme will go out before a live virtual audience from the Glasgow area at 7 pm this Wednesday, 28, October.

The remaining three editions in the current run with virtual audiences from Dundee, 4 November, Borders, 11 November, and Ayrshire, 18 November, will also air live at 7 pm.

On the panel for this week’s programme on Wednesday, 28 October, are SNP MSP Shirley Anne Somerville, co-leader Scottish Greens Patrick Harvie, Scottish Conservative MSP Oliver Mundell, STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer and Professor Stephen Reicher.

Debate Night presenter, Stephen Jardine, said: “We’re looking forward to bringing the audience our first run of live editions of Debate Night.

“The programme is already well established as a forum for informed debate on the big issues affecting the country.

“There’s a different energy to a live show with that extra element of unpredictability. We’re sure the audience will continue their thoughtful and lively questioning of our panellists of policy-makers, commentators and experts, throughout this five week run of live programmes.”

Also on BBC Radio Scotland at 11 pm throughout the run, Rajdeep Sandhu will host Debate Night Extra, giving listeners the chance to react to the stories discussed on Debate Night.

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