|Edinburgh International Television Festival|
|Dates||2023: 22–25 August (exact dates vary each year)|
The Edinburgh International Television Festival is an annual media event held in the United Kingdom each August which brings together delegates from the television and digital world to debate the major issues facing the industry.
The Festival draws over 2,200 delegates from across the global TV industry. Although the festival is held in Edinburgh, its headquarters are in London.
Over the years, the Festival has attracted industry figures including Rupert Murdoch, Ted Turner, Vince Gilligan, Ted Sarandos, Elisabeth Murdoch, Louis Theroux, Michaela Coel, David Attenborough, Charlie Brooker, David Olusoga and Steve Coogan as well as people distinguished in their fields such as Al Gore and Eric Schmidt.
Established in 1976, the Festival takes place every August in the week leading up to the bank holiday at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre at the same time as the Edinburgh Fringe, and similar events, in the city. The Edinburgh International Television Festival is programmed by and for the television industry, by a rotating advisory committee headed by a new chair every year. The Festival is wholly owned by a not-for-profit charity, known publicly as The TV Foundation and is governed by its own board of directors.
The TV Foundation runs a suite of free-to-access creative development initiatives: "The Network" (formerly known as TVYP) which gives new entrants a first step into the TV industry, while "Ones to Watch" (formerly known as Fast Track) supports those at mid-career. Both benefit from fully funded places at the Festival, which include tailored workshops, masterclasses and networking. Year-round mentoring, training and events are also offered.
The Festival runs other events throughout the year. Launched in 2018 these include AHTV and The New Voice Awards which support emerging talent and self-starting creatives in TV and digital.
The Festival is best known for its keynote address: the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture. The lecture features speeches from leading media figures connected with British and international television over more than 40 years.
|1976||John McGrath||Dramatist and director, founder of 7:84 Theatre Company|
|1977||Marcel Ophüls||French/US documentary film maker (The Sorrow and the Pity/Le Chagrin et la Pitié)|
|1978||Norman Lear||American television producer and scriptwriter|
|1979||Jeremy Isaacs||former Director of Programmes for Thames Television (later Chief Executive, Channel 4)|
|1980||John Mortimer||Screenwriter and dramatist|
|1981||Peter Jay||Economist and broadcaster, Chairman of TV-am|
|1982||Ted Turner||American television executive, founder of CNN|
|1983||Jonathan Miller||Stage and television director/producer and broadcaster|
|1984||Denis Forman||Chairman, Granada Television|
|1985||John Schlesinger||Film and television director|
|1986||Troy Kennedy Martin||Television dramatist|
|1987||Phillip Whitehead||Television documentary producer|
|1988||Christine Ockrent||Belgian/French journalist and broadcaster|
|1989||Rupert Murdoch||Australian/American Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, News Corporation|
|1990||Verity Lambert||Independent film and television producer|
|1991||David Elstein||Director of programmes, Thames Television|
|1992||Michael Grade||Chief executive, Channel 4|
|1993||Dennis Potter||Television dramatist and screenwriter|
|1994||Greg Dyke||Chief executive of LWT, Chairman of ITV Council and GMTV|
|1995||Janet Street-Porter||Broadcaster and journalist|
|1996||John Birt||Director general, BBC|
|1997||Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran||Television comedy scriptwriters and programme creators|
|1998||Peter Bazalgette||Managing director, Bazal|
|1999||Richard Eyre||Chief executive, ITV Network|
|2000||Greg Dyke||Director general, BBC|
|2001||David Liddiment||Director of channels, ITV Network|
|2002||Mark Thompson||Chief executive, Channel 4|
|2003||Tony Ball||Chief executive, BSkyB|
|2004||John Humphrys||Broadcaster and journalist|
|2005||Lord Birt||Former director general, BBC|
|2006||Charles Allen||Chief executive, ITV|
|2007||Jeremy Paxman||Broadcaster and presenter of Newsnight (BBC)|
|2008||Peter Fincham||Director of Television, ITV|
|2009||James Murdoch||Chairman and chief executive, Europe and Asia, News Corporation|
|2010||Mark Thompson||Director general, BBC|
|2011||Eric Schmidt||US citizen, executive chairman, Google|
|2012||Elisabeth Murdoch||Chairman, Shine Group|
|2013||Kevin Spacey||American actor, director and producer|
|2014||David Abraham||Chief executive, Channel 4|
|2015||Armando Iannucci||Broadcaster, writer, director and producer|
|2016||Shane Smith||Canadian journalist and chief executive of Vice Media|
|2017||Jon Snow||Journalist and broadcaster|
|2018||Michaela Coel||Actress and writer|
|2019||Dorothy Byrne||Head of News and Current Affairs, Channel 4|
|2020||David Olusoga||Historian and broadcaster|
|2021||Jack Thorne||Screenwriter and playwright|
|2022||Emily Maitlis||Journalist and broadcaster|
* All job titles as at the time the lecture was given. Nationality/citizenship is British unless stated otherwise.
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