ITV topper tapped for Edinburgh fest

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ITV topper Charles Allen will give the keynote address at this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival, running Aug. 25-27.

Allen is expected to talk about the future of the battling ITV operation in his first MacTaggart Lecture, one of Brit TV’s most important speaking opportunities.

“We are in the middle of what I am sure will be seen as a pivotal year in British broadcasting,” said Alison Sharman, the gabfest’s advisory chair. “ITV has rarely been out of the spotlight all year — from takeover attempts to management restructures to a whole range of digital initiatives.”

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