As the UK prepares for the close of polls in the Scottish independence referendum, the country's major broadcasters are readying for a full night of coverage.
BBC Scotland is planning its most extensive outside broadcast service ever. The broadcaster, which has been subject to unprecedented criticism druring the campaign, will bring the news from each of the 32 regional counts of the historic poll
Glenn Campbell will present Scotland Decides – the Result on BBC One Scotland from 10.30pm to 9.15am with Jackie Bird, providing analysis and interviewing a range of experts and contributors from both sides of the argument.
Scottish Television (STV) will also deliver an extensive range of coverage beginning with a special edition of STV News at Ten presented live from Edinburgh by John MacKay, which will mark the end of the referendum campaign and report the story of Scotland’s vote, with coverage from across Scotland.
At 11.40pm , STV will begin its all-night results programme, Scotland Decides. The programme will be hosted by political editor Bernard Ponsonby and TV and radio presenter Aasmah Mir with a panel of leading politicians, commentators and analysts,with result updates and analysis throughout the night
For viewers outside Scotland ITV will be broadcasting STV results coverage rather than having a separate programme. However, for the BBC, Huw Edwards will be presenting Scotland Decides for the rest of the UK broadcasting on BBC One (and the BBC News Channel). Edwards will be leading live coverage from Pacific Quay in Glasgow, with BBC News political editor Nick Robinson and Scotland 2014’s Sarah Smith providing the commentary.
Sky News will be covering the vote count throughout the night of 18 September and morning of 19 September. Adam Boulton will be in Ingliston, Kay Burley in Glasgow in Niall Paterson in Aberdeen. The broadcaster will have also have a presence at all 32 counts throughout Scotland.
Channel 4 news is not broadcasting overnight but is planning to to target younger voters with a rolling series of live updates promulgated via Snapchat and WhatsApp directly to mobile phones.
The mobile initiative will kick off when polls close on Thursday night and continue through to the result being announced on Friday morning.
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