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Monday, 23 May 2016

BBC announce EU Referendum coverage

The BBC have announce that BBC One will screen two special editions of Question Time in the run up to the EU Referendum, putting leading advocates of the case to remain and the case to leave the European Union directly in front of a live audience.

In the first of the two programmes, the Justice Secretary and 'Leave' campaigner Michael Gove will answer questions on the case to leave the EU to a Question Time audience in Nottingham. This programme will broadcast on Wednesday 15 June. Four days later, on Sunday 19 June, the Prime Minister and 'Remain' campaigner David Cameron will take questions on the arguments to retain EU membership. This programme is live from Milton Keynes.

Both of the Question Time episodes will be moderated by David Dimbleby, and both programmes will be screened in the early evening to reach as wide an audience as possible.

The BBC has also announced the make-up of the panel for its first peak time debate – ‘How Should I Vote? The EU Debate’ which takes place in Glasgow this Thursday evening 26/05/16 on BBC One at 20:00.  The programme will be presented by Victoria Derbyshire. The BBC say that the programme is aimed at younger voters, and the audience comprises 18 to 29 year-olds. The audience members will be able to ask panellists questions, and challenge them on the issues that are of particular interest to them ahead of the EU Referendum.

Representing the 'Remain camp will be Alex Salmond, Scottish National Party MP for Gordon and former First Minister of Scotland, and Alan Johnson, Labour MP for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle, and former Home Secretary. On the 'Leave' side of the argument will be Liam Fox, Conservative MP for North Somerset and former Secretary of State for Defence, and Diane James, UKIP MEP for South East England and their spokesperson on Justice and Home Affairs.

The BBC say viewers can follow all these debates on twitter using #BBCDebate