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BBC's Stephen Nolan and RTE's Miriam O’Callaghan team up for TV debate

BBC Northern Ireland and RTÉ are joining up in November for a unique collaboration in which Stephen Nolan and Miriam O’Callaghan will link up during their programmes to discuss a range of economic, constitutional and social issues.

BBC Northern Ireland’s Nolan Live and RTÉ’s Ireland’s Call – A Prime Time Special will include the findings of a special cross border survey which was specially commissioned by both broadcasters and saw 2000 people in total, 1000 on each side of the border, giving their views on a range of issues - including if Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland should be united.

Throughout the programmes Nolan Live and Prime Time will link up with each other from Belfast and Dublin to debate these economic, constitutional and social issues and consider the findings of this survey with analysis and lively discussion from a range of panellists and contributions from both studio audiences.

 BBC NI’s Stephen Nolan said: "This collaboration between the two broadcasters is a real opportunity to discuss some of the biggest issues of the day together.

"The programmes and indeed the discussions will benefit from having an understanding of what over 2000 people throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland think on all of these topics. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to link up with Miriam on Prime Time which, I believe, will make for fascinating television across both BBC Northern Ireland and RTÉ."

RTÉ presenter Miriam O’Callaghan said: "As a broadcast journalist, I spent a lot of my earlier career, in the 1990s when working for both RTÉ and the BBC, covering the Troubles.

"This collaboration between RTÉ and BBC NI is a unique opportunity for the whole island to be involved a discussion of this kind. As journalists, we often like to surmise and even guess what people think – on this occasion, there will be no guessing.

"This is a rare opportunity to hear people from all parts of this island, North and South, from all backgrounds and persuasions, give their views on key issues. It will be fascinating to see the outcome and the results. I am also honoured to be working closely with BBC NI’s presenter Stephen Nolan. I look forward greatly to our collaboration and being part of these landmark programmes."

  • Nolan Live  Wednesday 4 November, 10.35pm, BBC One Northern Ireland
  • Ireland’s Call – A Prime Time Special   Wednesday 4 November, 10.35pm, RTÉ One

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