BBC Scotland launches series of referendum webcasts

The referendum is a hugely significant political story for Scotland and for the rest of the United Kingdom and we will continue to produce a wide range of relevant programming across television, radio and online."John Boothman, BBC Scotland’s Head of News and Current Affairs
Date: 18.01.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.02
Category: Scotland
BBC Scotland today launches a series of webcasts as part of its referendum coverage.

In the first of the webcasts Blair Jenkins, chief executive of the Yes Scotland independence campaign, will be interviewed by Douglas Fraser. The webcasts will take place every two weeks and will feature advocates from both sides of the debate as well as from expert analysts of the referendum story.

The webcasts can be viewed on BBC Scotland's politics website.

A series of debates will also be held on Newsnight Scotland, focusing on the referendum. One night each month the programme will have an extended edition. The first of the Newsnight Scotland debates from the studios in Pacific Quay will be held on Monday, 28 January from 10.30-11.20pm on BBC Two Scotland. Panellists will be confirmed closer to transmission.

Meanwhile, this week Glenn Campbell is reporting from the Czech Republic and Slovakia on the 20th anniversary of the so-called Velvet Divorce, which resulted in the formation of the two states. Glenn is revisiting the story of the dissolution of Czechoslavakia and reviewing the political and economic fortunes of both countries over the last two decades and what the future might hold.

His dispatches for television, radio and online follow previous BBC Scotland reports from countries and regions where issues such as autonomy and independence have dominated the political agenda. Last year BBC Scotland journalists sent in-depth reports from Québec and Catalonia.

This is the latest group of programmes dedicated to reporting on the twists and turns of the referendum story as the vote draws closer. Last year’s specialist coverage included a series of constitutional debates on BBC Two Scotland which gave audiences the chance to put searching questions to representatives of the main parties.

In addition to bespoke programming, BBC Scotland’s news and current affairs teams will continue to provide in-depth coverage of referendum stories as they emerge from Holyrood and Westminster.

John Boothman, BBC Scotland’s Head of News and Current Affairs, said: "The referendum is a hugely significant political story for Scotland and for the rest of the United Kingdom and we will continue to produce a wide range of relevant programming across television, radio and online.

“In addition to our rolling news and political coverage we will continue to offer new programmes such as set-piece interviews and debates which will keep our audiences fully engaged with all the issues as we move towards the vote in 2014.”

JG2