Gerry McCann, who is meeting child protection
experts in the US. Photograph: Armando Franca/AP
Gerry McCann, the father of missing four-year-old Madeleine,
is to give an interview about the role of the media in the
hunt for his daughter at this year's MediaGuardian Edinburgh
International Television Festival.
Mr McCann will talk to presenter Kirsty Wark in the annual
Richard Dunn interview, which is sponsored by Talkback
Madeleine was abducted on May 3 while on holiday in
Portugal. Mr McCann will speak about the role of TV and the
media in the hunt to find her, as well as their battle to
keep Madeleine in the media spotlight.
Mr McCann's appearance has been confirmed alongside full
confirmation of the programme for this year's MGEITF.
The lineup includes Jeremy Paxman giving the James
MacTaggart Memorial Lecture, with the alternative lecture by
Google's chief internet evangelist Vint Cerf, a man regarded
by some as the "father of the internet" and winner of the
presidential medal of freedom in the US.
A debate on the future of current affairs will be chaired by
the Endemol creative director, Peter Bazalgette, with a
panel including Ann Widdecombe, BBC Panorama editor Sandy
Smith, Channel Five senior controller of news and current
affairs Chris Shaw, Channel 4 commissioning editor Kevin
Sutcliffe and ITV1 controller of current affairs and
documentaries Chris Anderson.
The Channel 4 director of television and content, Kevin Lygo,
will give a speech on the delivery of the broadcaster's
public service remit, while Andrew Neil will put Channel 4
on trial in a session featuring panellists including the
broadcaster's chief executive, Andy Duncan, and the RDF
Media director of programmes, Stephen Lambert.
Jade Goody, Mr Holy Moly and Adam Bullmore, maker of
Celebrity Sex Tapes Unwound, will appear in a light-hearted
session about sex on television hosted by Richard Bacon.
Bebo international president Joanna Shields, a former senior
European executive at Google, will form part of a panel
looking at new media successes such as Joost, Second Life
and Facebook, as well as the next crop of internet
Continuing the internet theme a new keynote lecture, called
the Futureview, in association with MTV Networks UK &
Ireland, will see Janus Friis, founder of Joost and
co-founder of Skype, examine the future of internet TV.
In this year's Worldview Address, novelist Lionel Shriver
will attack "hyper-narrative" moments in modern TV news,
such as the OJ Simpson trial, the death of Diana and the
disappearance of Madeleine McCann, which she will argue were
overplayed on TV compared to their social significance.
The Guardian editor, Alan Rusbridger, will chair a panel
looking at how "old" media such as newspapers and TV are
adapting to the digital era and the battle for a viable
future on the internet.
Panellists will include Channel 4 new business director Rod
Henwood, BBC director of new media and technology Ashley
Highfield, Reuters general manager of consumer news Tim
Faircliff and Daily Mirror associate editor of development
Cat Deeley will join UKTV chief executive David Abrahams and
BBC Worldwide vice-president of programming and
co-productions Paul Telegdy to talk about how to make it as
a Brit in the US market.
"Nanny State TV" will bring together Kelvin MacKenzie,
Five's Mr Shaw and Silver River Productions chief executive
Daisy Goodwin to talk about whether TV executives producing
"change the world" programming are on ego trips.
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