Teenagers To Take On Politicians

23 June 2014, 05:42 | Updated: 23 June 2014, 05:44

A television debate will see up to 12,000 teenagers take on politicians a week before the independence referendum.

First-time voters from across Scotland will have the chance to put questions to a panel at the event being held at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on September 11.

Every secondary school in the country will be invited to take part in the debate which will be broadcast across the UK on the BBC.

It will give 16 and 17-year-olds the opportunity to air their views ahead of the referendum in which they will vote for the first time.

John Boothman, head of news and current affairs for BBC Scotland, said: "This will be the biggest political debate that has ever been televised in Scotland.

"We are proud to bring the nation's young people together to hear the arguments that will determine the future of the country.''

The referendum on September 18 will be the first time 16 and 17-year-olds have been given the vote across the country.