Edinburgh International Television Festival

UK viewers still look to BBC more than streamers, says Hall

UK audiences still turn to public service broadcasting in greater numbers and to a greater extent than streaming services, and the BBC still supports the UK production industry to a far greater extent than global streaming players, according to BBC director-general Tony Hall. Delivering an impassioned defence of public service broadcasting to the Edinburgh International […]

Corbyn calls for ‘British Digital Corporation’ to take on tech giants

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has used his Alternative McTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival to endorse the idea of creating a publicly owned British Digital Corporation (BDC) – a sister organisation to the BBC that could take on Netflix and Amazon by delivering entertainment and information to the public. “A BDC could […]

Support for broadcasters ‘vital’ to Brexit talks, says Wright

In his first public-facing speech as secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport in the UK, Jeremy Wright is to explain that protecting broadcasters will be a “vital” part of Brexit negotiations, during Edinburgh’s International TV Festival. In particular, Wright will say that he will support broadcasters when it comes to talent and […]

Amazon to hire London-based original content boss

Amazon is hiring a London-based head of original content to respond to its growing interest in video entertainment commissioned outside of the US. Speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival yesterday, Amazon Studios director Roy Price said that Amazon planned to “double down” and “grow a team in London”. The new head of original content […]

Whittingdale: BBC future debate justified

UK Conservative government minister John Whittingdale has admitted “most people” see the BBC licence fee as “good value for money” at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, but claims debates over its future shape are justified. John Whittingdale, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, made the admission during a keynote interview in which he […]

C4 boss slams US studios’ UK takeovers and tech giant threat

Channel 4’s CEO David Abraham has slammed the growing number of US studios owning UK production companies, claiming the term “super indie” has lost its meaning as a result. In his MacTaggart speech at the Edinburgh International Television Festival last night, Abraham took aim at the Murdoch family and cable TV giant John Malone, all […]