Yes and No campaigns go head-to-head in second live STV debate

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The second in a series of live Scotland Tonight Referendum Special debates examining key issues in the lead up to the referendum on independence will be broadcast on STV on Thursday 5th September at 2230. 
The live debate between Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party Anas Sarwar will be presented by John MacKay and Rona Dougall.
The topic for the second Scotland Tonight Referendum Special is welfare and pensions. During the hour-long programme, Nicola Sturgeon and Anas Sarwar will have the opportunity to cross-examine each other as well as answering questions put to them by the presenters.
Bernard Ponsonby and the political editor for Radio Clyde and Radio Forth, Colin Mackay, will provide analysis throughout the debate.
The first live studio debate on Scotland Tonight saw Twitter traffic increase by 850% and viewers will once again be invited to participate in the debate by sending their reactions via social media.
Gordon Macmillan, Head of News at STV, said: “The first Scotland Tonight Referendum Special in May delivered a peak audience of almost 190,000 viewers and we look forward to bringing viewers another lively and engaging debate on 5th September. As we move closer towards the referendum on independence in 2014 STV is committed to providing a platform for the debate.”
The debate will be streamed live on and will be available for catch-up on the STV Player.
For further information, please contact the STV press office:
Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830 / 07921 494 654 
Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143