The James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture is the Edinburgh International Televisions Festival’s keynote address and has formed the centrepiece of the Festival since 1976.

The lecture was named in honour of the writer, producer and director who died in 1974, and has fast established itself as a platform for important policy announcements and agenda-setting speeches.

Take a look through the video and transcripts below to explore a selection of MacTaggart lectures from the past two decades.

MACTAGGART HALL OF FAME

2017

Jon Snow

Broadcaster

2016

Shane Smith

CEO, Vice

2015

Armando Iannucci

Writer & Producer

2014

David Abraham

Chief Executive, Channel 4

2013

Kevin Spacey

Academy Award Winning Actor, Director & Producer

2012

Elisabeth Murdoch

Chairman, Shine Group

2011

Dr Eric Schmidt

Executive Chairman, Google

2010

Mark Thompson

Director General, BBC

2009

James Murdoch

Chairman & Chief Executive, Europe & Asia, News Corporation

2008

Peter Fincham

Director of Television, ITV

2007

Jeremy Paxman

Broadcaster, Newsnight

2006

Charles Allen

Chief Executive, ITV

2005

Lord Birt

Former Director General, BBC

2004

John Humphrys

Broadcaster

2003

Tony Ball

Chief Executive, BSkyB

2002

Mark Thompson

Chief Executive, Channel 4

2001

David Liddiment

Director of Channels, ITV Network

2000

Greg Dyke

Director General, BBC

1999

Richard Eyre

Chief Executive, ITV Network Centre

1998

Peter Bazalgette

Managing Director, Bazal

1997

Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran

Writers

1996

John Birt

Director General, BBC

1995

Janet Street-Porter

Broadcaster

1994

Greg Dyke

Journalist & Broadcaster

1993

Dennis Potter

Playwright & Director

1992

Michael Grade

Chief Executive, Channel 4

1991

David Elstein

Director of Programmes, Thames Television

1990

Verity Lambert

Independent Film & Television Producer

1989

Rupert Murdoch

CEO News Corporation & Proprietor, Sky TV

1988

Christine Ockrent

Journalist, Broadcaster

1987

Phillip Whitehead

Documentary Producer

1986

Troy Kennedy Martin

Writer, Creator Z-Cars

1985

John Schlesinger

Oscar & BAFTA-winning director

1984

Denis Forman,

Chairman, Granada Television

1983

Jonathan Miller

Stage Director, Writer & Broadcaster

1982

Ted Turner

Founder, CNN

1981

Peter Jay

Economist, Broadcaster, Chairman of tv-am

1980

John Mortimer

Screenwriter & Author

1979

Jeremy Isaacs

Chief Executive, Channel 4, BAFTA & Emmy Winning Producer

1978

Norman Lear

Emmy Winning Producer & Writer

1977

Marcel Ophuls

Oscar & BAFTA Winning Director

1976

John McGrath

Playwright, Director, Founder of 7:84 Theatre Company

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