Ex-BBC1 chief to reflect on 'challenges'

LONDON — The keynote address at this summer’s Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival will be given by the BBC topper who was forced to resign over the faked footage in a docu about Queen Elizabeth I.

Peter Fincham, who quit as BBC1 controller in October, will give the MacTaggart lecture on Aug. 22.

He said: “It’s an enormous honor, as well as an opportunity to reflect on the enormous challenges facing the broadcasting industry in the digital age. I’m looking forward to it with relish.”

Previous lecturers have included Rupert Murdoch, Ted Turner and BBC bosses Greg Dyke and John Birt.

Prior to joining the BBC, Fincham ran and co-owned TalkBack, the successful U.K. shingle best known during his years at the company for backing innovative comedy.

Festival organizer Andrew MacKenzie said: “He’s uniquely placed as an industry figure who’s not only built a successful ‘super-indie’ but has also held one of the most powerful positions in British broadcasting. Even the Queen’s heard of him.

“Now, as an independent voice, he has an ideal perspective to deliver a memorable speech.”

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