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Gore goes to lectern

Ex-U.S. VP to deliver lecture at Edinburgh fest

Al Gore will give the Alternative MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival, which opens Aug. 25.

Gore’s talk, intended as a radical counterpoint to the gabfest’s flagship James MacTaggart lecture, will revolve around his TV network, Current TV, which he says is the “television homepage for the Internet generation.”

The former veep and ex-presidential hopeful, who is following in the footsteps of noted Alternative MacTaggart speakers such as James Murdoch and Michael Wolff, is expected to speak about environmental issues as well.

His global-warming docu “An Inconvenient Truth” is screening out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Gore will make his speech on Aug. 27, the final day of this year’s three-day gabfest. ITV topper Charles Allen delivers the MacTaggart on the fest’s opening day.

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