Borderers to get TV coverage of debate

FOLLOWING significant pressure from politicians across the south of Scotland, ITV Border will show coverage of the ongoing independence issue.

Last week STV broadcast a debate between local MP Michael Moore and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon – however, this was not shown in the ITV Border region.

But ITV later confirmed the Borders would receive future coverage.

Michael Jermey, ITV director of news and current affairs, said: “ITV Border viewers will be able to watch extensive, high-quality impartial political programming on the independence issue in the run-up to September 2014, together with a rich range of discussion on this important debate.” ITV also confirmed that there will “extensive coverage” of the issues surrounding independence within its weekday evening news programme Lookaround.

Borders MSP John Lamont said: “The referendum on whether or not we should separate from the rest of the United Kingdom will be the most important decision that Scots have made in 300 years.

“As such it is vital that voters are given the information they need to make an informed decision. That is why I am delighted that ITV have pledged to offer full and extensive coverage of the debate over the coming months before the vote.”