How to watch the Scottish Referendum

Not sure where to watch the results of the referendum? Let us help...


After months of build-up, tonight sees the result of the Scottish Referendum. Will Scotland stay or will they go?


That’s the question on everybody’s lips – but you may also be asking yourself how best to soak up the unfolding democratic drama. BBC1, ITV, Sky News and BBC Scotland will all be covering the event live. Here are some details to help you decide how and where to watch… 

BBC1 (from 10:35pm)

Main presenter: Huw Edwards in Glasgow

Political editor: Nick Robinson

Key correspondents: Scotland 2014’s Sarah Smith; Jeremy Vine (with virtual reality graphics); Andrew Marr at the count in Edinburgh; and Andrew Neil in Westminster

ITV (from 10:40pm)

Main presenter: Alistair Stewart

Political editor: Tom Bradby

Key correspondents: Richard Edgar; Debi Edward, James Mates, Joel Hills

(On STV Bernard Ponsonby will host with Aasmah Mir)

Sky News (from 9:00pm)

Main presenter: Adam Boulton, at the court centre in Ingliston

Political editor: Faisal Islam

Key correspondents: Niall Paterson (Aberdeen); Kay Burley (in Glasgow) 

(A special app for iPad and smartphone will stream results live)

BBC Scotland (from 10:00pm)

Available elsewhere in the UK via your digibox

Main presenter: Glenn Campbell

Political editor: Brian Taylor

Key correspondents: Jackie Bird, Laura Bicker

 CNN (from 10:00pm)

CNN is available on Sky 506, Virgin Media 607 & Freesat 207

Main presenter: Christiane Amanpour in Edinburgh

Key correspondents: Hala Gorani & Max Foster (Edinburgh), Nic Robertson (Glasgow), Robin Oakley (Aberdeen), Erin McLaughlin (London)

The Countdown

On Friday, chief counting officer Mary Pitcaithly will approach a microphone at the Royal Highland Centre near Edinburgh to give the result of the referendum. Until then, an army of experts will follow every development.   

10pm Polls close and ballots are collected.

1–2am Smaller authorities will start to declare their results.


Breakfast time All of the 32 authorities should have declared. Once the totals have been confirmed, Pitcaithly will step forward with a vital piece of paper in her hand…