News Corp chairman James Murdoch to speak at Edinburgh television festival

News Corporation CEO and chairman James Murdoch is expected to speak later today at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival.

Ant and Dec: to feature at this year's festival
Ant and Dec: to feature at this year's festival

He will deliver the MacTaggart Lecture at this year's event this evening. While the exact details of the speech are yet to be revealed, he is expected to discuss the future of the media industry for producers, regulators and consumers.
Taylor Herring is handling the PR for the festival, which is considered to be an important event for anyone working in television. The festival is now in its 34th year and is held over the bank holiday weekend at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
Murdoch's speech is being produced by Google head of comms and public affairs for the UK and Ireland Peter Barron. Barron was responsible for helping to sign Murdoch up for the session in his role as producer. Murdoch has previously run television, publishing and digital businesses worldwide.
One of the first sessions will be ‘TV's Got Talent: Edinburgh Special' which will be hosted by celebrity TV personalities : Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly. The festival will kick off with a live search for TV's top ‘talent' across the industry.

The session will be judged by Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden, comedian Jimmy Carr and X-Factor judge Louis Walsh.



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