Scotland politics

Audience plea for TV debate programme

Scottish ballet set up
Image caption The arts and entertainment sector contributes to Scotland's economy

The BBC's Newsnight Scotland programme is appealing for members of the public to join an audience for its next debate on issues associated with the independence referendum.

The programme makers want to hear from people working in, or who have an interest in, Scotland's arts and entertainment industry.

From the Edinburgh festivals to town hall Christmas pantos, the arts make a huge contribution to the country's economy.

But artists also help shape Scottish identity and reflect it outwards to the wider world through literature, music, film and television.

Many in the creative sector are already actively engaged in the referendum campaign. Do you think a yes to independence would improve arts and entertainment in Scotland? Or will the outcome make no difference to the sector?

If you would like to discuss these and other issues with an invited panel of guests, please fill in the application below.

The special programme will be recorded on Monday, 30 September, at BBC Scotland's Glasgow headquarters. Participants will need to be available from 17:45 to 20:30.

Guidelines require the BBC to reflect a broad range of views.

To help us do this, we will ask all members of the audience whether they are associated with a political party, if they already have a view on the referendum and where in the British Isles they are from.

Voters in Scotland will go to the polls on Thursday, 18 September, next year when they will be asked the straight yes/no question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

1. Name and address

2. Your Contact Details

3. What is your occupation?

4. To help us ensure a broad range of views, we'd like to ask if you've decided how you might vote in next year's independence referendum.

5. If there were a General Election tomorrow, which political party would you be most likely to vote for?

Other (please state)

6. Are you a member of a political party?

If Yes which party

7. The audience for BBC Scotland Debates is totally proactive and we wish to ensure that the opportunity to put forward questions and take part in the debates is given to those people wishing to participate. Would you please confirm that you are keen to get involved and if selected will ask your question.

8. What two questions would you like to ask?

9. Which of these groups do you consider yourself to belong to?

Other (please specify)

10. Of what nationality do you consider yourself?

Other (please specify)

11. Do you consider yourself to have any disabilities?

12. If you are disabled, do you require wheelchair access?

13. Have you been on a BBC Scotland TV or Radio Debate before?

14. How old are you?

15. The information you provide will be collected by the BBC. Are you happy for your email details to be retained so that we may contact you about appearing in the audience for other BBC programmes?

* Required information

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