Brit TV fest empanels nanny case

Scheck, Woodward headline panel

LONDON — Defense attorney Barry Scheck and client Louise Woodward will headline a panel about cameras in courtrooms at the 23rd Edinburgh Intl. TV Festival this week.

As part of the festival’s theme of “Television vs. the People,” the two are expected to comment on their globally televised trial and whether a similar situation could occur in the U.K. British nanny Woodward recently returned home after her lengthy manslaughter trial in the United States.

Fest advisory chair and Granada TV exec Ruth Pitt announced the fest’s unprecedented decision to open the professional event to the scrutiny of the viewing public. The event committee has invited an “eclectic” group of 12 avid tube watchers to participate in discussions along with the expected 1,500 delegates. “The multi-channel age is upon us, and people have more power to choose what they want to watch than ever before — and yet we can easily forget the viewer’s voice as we rush to debate the industry’s issues that seem important to us,” Pitt said. The viewers will give a “people’s verdict” at the close of the four-day confab.

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