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STV broadcasts its first referendum debate of 2014

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STV will broadcast its first live referendum debate of 2014 as Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Johann Lamont go head to head on Tuesday 25 February at 2230.The debate will also be shown to Scottish viewers in the ITV Border region, at the same time.

The hour long Scotland Tonight Referendum Special, hosted by John MacKay and Rona Dougall, will see the leading politicians debate key issues around Scottish independence, with live reaction from political experts in the studio and viewer interaction on social media.

Gordon Macmillan, head of news at STV, said: “With the independence referendum just over seven months away, STV will continue to bring viewers all the news, analysis and discussion in the lead-up to the big event. We aired three successful Scotland Tonight referendum specials in 2013 and as the debate intensifies over the coming months we will provide a platform for opinions from both sides of the debate.”

The debate will be streamed live on www.stv.tv/scotlandtonight and will be available on the STV Player. Viewers are encouraged to interact with #scotnight on @ScotlandTonight.

Scotland Tonight is the most watched Scottish current affairs programme, reaching 425,000 viewers every week. Audience interaction via social media is a key element of the programme and the Scotland Tonight Twitter account now has over 18,000 followers.

The previous Scotland Tonight Referendum Special debates featured Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon debating with Scottish Secretaries Michael Moore and Alistair Carmichael, and Deputy Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar.                                                                                                             

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For further information, please contact the STV press office:-

Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143
eleanor.marshall@stv.tv

Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830 / 07921 494 654
anna.hendry@stv.tv