Over the coming weeks, BBC Scotland Political Editor, Glenn Campbell, and BBC Scotland’s team of correspondents and reporters, will report and analyse the twists and turns of the campaign.
The digital offering will include a regular live page, explainers, manifesto and policy guides, Reality Check and a Your Questions Answered section.
“With Covid restrictions still in place, this will be a challenging election campaign to cover. But our news and current affairs teams will be offering comprehensive reporting and analysis from round the whole of the country.
“We aim to give our audiences the facts so that they can engage with and debate the issues that will make this such an important election for the future of Scotland.” – Gary Smith, Head of News and Current Affairs at BBC Scotland
In a new initiative for BBC Scotland, a voter panel – comprising a cross-section of members of the audience – will be informing the broadcaster’s output across all platforms.
Key moments will be thrashed out in special editions of Podlitical, the broadcaster’s weekly political podcast, while Debate Night will be on air each Wednesday on the BBC Scotland channel, focusing on issues including Covid recovery, education and climate change.
The late edition of Reporting Scotland will be extended two nights a week to become a half hour programme – The Campaign. The party leaders will be interviewed by Martin Geissler on The Sunday Show; and by Gary Robertson and Laura Maxwell on Good Morning Scotland.
Ian Hamilton, accompanied by his guide dog Major, will present two people-centred half-hour specials on the election for the BBC Scotland channel from around the country, in the style of his successful My Kind of Town series.
There’ll also be a sideways look at the campaign with Chief Inspector Miekelson (Jack Docherty) taking the temperature of the nation, covering the hottest topics and talking truth to power in Scot Squad – the Chief Does Democracy.
The first leaders’ debate airs at 7.50pm on Tuesday 30 March on BBC One Scotland and will be presented by Sarah Smith.