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BBC Scotland to put big General Election issues under spotlight with comprehensive coverage

The BBC Scotland team who will present in-depth coverage as the results roll in on the night of the election, May 6. From left: Derek Bateman, Brian Taylor, Glenn Campbell and Jackie Bird

BBC Scotland has unveiled a wide-ranging line-up of content across television, radio and online to provide audiences with in-depth and accessible coverage of the 2010 General Election.

The election team will be out and about across Scotland to engage with audiences and quiz the candidates as they vie for votes in the run-up to polling day on 6 May.

On the night of the election, Glenn Campbell will present detailed coverage on BBC One as the final chapter of the 2010 General Election story unfolds, while Derek Bateman will front an authoritative results progamme on BBC Radio Scotland.

Debates will form a central part of the coverage as BBC Scotland travels the length and breadth of the country and the election in Scotland can be followed for the first time online, minute-by-minute on Twitter.

There will be a leaders debate on Sunday 2 May from the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, on BBC One, which will be simulcast on Radio Scotland.

Politics Scotland on BBC Two will run debates on defence, on Wednesday 28 April, and on public spending on Monday 3 May, and the Politics Show will run on Sunday lunchtime throughout the campaign.

Newsnight Scotland on BBC Two is being extended to half an hour from Monday 12 April for the duration of the campaign and the programme will finish its election run with a four party debate.

On Radio Scotland, Brian's Big Debate, with Political Editor, Brian Taylor, will broadcast four local hustings - Greenock, Kelso, Stornoway and Dundee. Brian will also host a hustings from BBC Scotland's headquarters at Pacific Quay, the day after the election, to digest the results.

On Call Kaye on Radio Scotland presenter Kaye Adams will host a grilling of senior party figures by members of the audience.

There will also be opt-out local radio hustings on Thursday 29 April on Radio Scotland's FM frequency. Cameron Buttle will anchor the debate from Selkirk, Willie Johnston from Dumfries, Colin Wight in Aberdeen and Ian Macdonald in Inverness. BBC Radio Orkney and BBC Radio Shetland will also broadcast debates with candidates in their areas.

Further details of coverage from BBC Scotland will announced as they are finalised.

Atholl Duncan, Head of News and Current Affairs, said: "We will offer more debate and analysis than ever before on radio, TV and online covering UK, Scottish and local issues. BBC Scotland will be a strong and independent place where the many debates of this election take place. On election night our coverage will be the best place to follow the historic result of what will be an historic election, whatever the outcome."


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