“I am immensely honoured to be invited to give this address which is normally delivered by much taller people. I believe British television has lost the confidence to think big about society. Naturally I will also be reflecting on how male behaviour has changed over my decades in television and will have some tips for men in our industry.” – Dorothy Byrne

Doyenne of television journalism, Dorothy Byrne, has been announced as the sixth woman to give the prestigious James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival brought to you by YouTube and Freeview.  

As one of the longest-serving heads of commissioning in the television industry, she has been responsible for news and current affairs programmes that have had global and national impact, winning her numerous international Emmy, BAFTA and RTS Awards.

Dorothy was made a Fellow of The Royal Television Society for her “outstanding contribution to television” and received the Outstanding Contribution Award at the RTS Journalism Awards in 2018. She has received a BAFTA Scotland award for her services to television and has also won the Factual Award given by Women in Film and Television. She is a trustee of the Ethical Journalism Network which supports the development of ethical codes in journalistic organisations across the globe.

As a former World In Action producer and editor of ITV’s The Big Story she became Channel 4’s Head of News and Current Affairs in 2003, having previously edited Dispatches as well as producing arts and history series for the channel.

She is a Visiting Professor at De Montfort University where Channel 4 supports an MA in Investigative Journalism.

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Camilla Lewis, CEO, Curve Media
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Yusuf Ally, development producer, Curve Media