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BBC director general to give Edinburgh Fest MacTaggart Lecture

The MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival (MGEITF) has announced that BBC's director general, Mark Thompson, will be giving this year's MacTaggart Lecture during the fest. 'Since James Murdoch gave last year's MacTaggart Lecture, the future of the BBC has become a national talking point,' said Tim Hincks, MGEITF executive chair and CEO of Endemol UK. 'It's a real coup therefore that a year on the BBC's top man has agreed to share his vision about the future of the corporation in what promises to be one of the key media events of 2011.' The MacTaggart Lecture, which started 34 years ago as a way to open the festival, will be held on August 27.
May 4, 2010

The MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival (MGEITF) has announced that BBC’s director general, Mark Thompson, will be giving this year’s MacTaggart Lecture during the fest. ‘Since James Murdoch gave last year’s MacTaggart Lecture, the future of the BBC has become a national talking point,’ said Tim Hincks, MGEITF executive chair and CEO of Endemol UK. ‘It’s a real coup therefore that a year on the BBC’s top man has agreed to share his vision about the future of the corporation in what promises to be one of the key media events of 2011.’ The MacTaggart Lecture, which started 34 years ago as a way to open the festival, will be held on August 27.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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