Edinburgh TV Festival 2018

For all the latest news from the 2018 TV Festival.

 

Wednesday the 22nd of August will see the UK's Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will make his first speech about broadcasting at the Edinburgh International TV Festival in Edinburgh. Further details to follow.

Edinburgh TV Festival 2018

Top attractions this year

Joanna Lumley -It's All About Me On TV

JOANNA LUMLEY – IT’S ALL ABOUT ME ON TV WITH CLIVE TULLOH

JOANNA LUMLEYCLIVE TULLOH

22nd August
12:45 - 13:45
The Lennox (Level -1)

Meet The Controllers-Charlotte Moore

BBC One controllers including CHARLOTTE MOORE, PIERS WENGER, ALISON KIRKHAM & KATE PHILLIPS.

22nd August
11:30 - 12:30
The Pentland (Level 3)

JAMES MACTAGGART MEMORIAL LECTURE: MICHAELA COEL

AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS, SCREENWRITER, SINGER, SONGWRITER, POET & PLAYWRIGHT presents the 2018 MacTggart lecture. A must for anyone attending the TV festival.

 

The 2018 MacTaggart WOW.

 

How to describe the MacTaggart Lecture in 2018? Well it has taken just over 40 years since the Edinburgh Television Festival started. The centre piece lecture has seen James Murdoch, Jon Snow and a long list of other important men deliver the lecture to the good and great in the television industry. However the 2018 MacTaggart was different for several reasons.

 

Firstly a woman was delivering the lecture, this isn’t the first woman but it was the first time a black woman delivered the speech. To say it was ground breaking and a wakeup call wouldn’t be over stating it. In around an hour Hackney Londoner Michaela Coel told a story from her childhood in a inner London borough housing estate which rubs shoulders with the City bankers but are worlds apart. Micheala Coel may not be a UK household name but it will be only a matter of time before she is.

 

A wake up call to the many stuffy suited men that still dominate the UK media industry, the audience was taken through a story of a young talented child who in turn has blossomed into a fiercely talented and driven young woman. Yes she is a black woman, does that matter? Perhaps it does because if the UK media industry is to reflect the audiences then it needs to open the doors to talent from all background and all walks of life. The BBC may wish to replace 1 of it’s many stuffy males with a young woman just like Michaela Coel. Just 1 word of warning life will never be the same again. File under groundbreaking. (Reporter David Henry 22.08.2018)