BBC bosses have moved the Scottish version of Question Time to a 'graveyard slot' after viewing figures plummeted.

Debate Night will be changed to 10pm on a Sunday from its slot at 10.45pm on a Wednesday.

It was revealed this week that figures fell from around 16,000 on its debut in February to around 3,000 just one month later.

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The move will now see the debate show, which is hosted by Stephen Jardine, up against Match of the Day and News at 10.

Professor Tim Luck, a former BBC editor, told the Daily Mail that it was clearly not "a vote of confidence" in the show by BBC bosses.

He said: "If Debate Night is not yet in the graveyard, it is in intensive care – the competition from sport, entertainment and straight news on other channels is formidable on Sunday evenings.

"Indeed, the most successful Sunday current affairs shows, such as BBC One's Andrew Marr Show and Sky's Sophy Ridge, tend to be scheduled in the morning. Granted, to do that, they would have to call it Debate Day or Morning Debate, but a change of title might be a small price to pay for sufficient viewers to justify the expense."

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A BBC Scotland spokeperson defended the decision to change time slots, and said the show continues to receive positive feedback.

They said: "The switch to Sunday means Debate Night now has an earlier time slot.

"It continues to receive positive feedback from viewers who value the programme as a forum in which audience members have a say in the big issues and the opportunity to challenge politicians and policy makers."

This article first appeared in our sister paper The National.