Woodward featured in panel on cameras in the courtroom

LONDON — Defense attorney Barry Scheck and client Louise Woodward will headline a panel focusing on cameras in courtrooms at the 23rd Edinburgh Intl. TV Festival, which begins Thursday.

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.

“Louise won’t be on trial here. It will be the media on trial,” says fest advisory chair and Granada TV exec Ruth Pitt. The event committee has invited an “eclectic” group of 12 avid TV 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.

Also skedded to appear is BskyB general manager of broadcasting Elisabeth Murdoch, who will give her first public speech in the U.K in a “Worldview” address on the second day of the fest. Her father, Rupert Murdoch, opened the confab a decade ago with the traditional MacTaggart Lecture.

This year, Peter Bazalgette, managing director of U.K. indie prodco Bazal, will give the MacTaggart speech on Thursday.

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