MacTaggart Lecture

I suppose the other big public event was the speech I gave in Edinburgh at the start of the annual television festival in August. Billed as the MacTaggart Lecture, this is a speech that has been going on for 38 years. It is usually given by some important person in broadcasting – like a Murdoch, head of the BBC – and is often a kind of policy-wonk, bid for new regulations or for a particular individual to use their speech as an audition for an even more important job in broadcasting than the one they currently have. I believe I was the first ‘creative’ to be asked to give the lecture – certainly the first actor - since Dennis Potter gave a rather famous, angry speech against the BBC in the 1980’s. I wanted to speak for the creatives and make a case that we have proved through the Netflix model that the future is here. The consumer wants the control.

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