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George Entwistle George Entwistle | 09:00 UK time, Friday, 26 August 2011

Unidentified camera man and husband and wife team Nan Kenway and Douglas Young in 1947. Original transcript from photo : Nan Kenway and Douglas Young before the television camera. BBC

The Edinburgh Television Festival is a key event in the broadcast calendar; it's an opportunity for media companies to debate the industry's biggest issues and showcase their upcoming content. As Advisory Chair of this year's festival I've pulled together a programme that promises not only to celebrate television but also to examine its future - and to look at how and why, several years after many prophesised its demise, it's actually more popular than ever.

The BBC is of course participating in many of the key debates and the channel controllers for BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, and BBC4 all be discussing their plans with a live audience. As the weekend progresses they'll all be uploading blogs to this page, linking to exclusive clips from some of the high quality programmes which will be hitting your screens over the next twelve months. They'll also be announcing brand new titles and giving an insight into their plans for their channels. I hope you enjoy the updates and for more information on the festival, do visit www.mgeitf.co.uk

George Entwistle is Director, BBC Vision

  • The Media Guardian Edinburgh International TV Festival starts today and goes on all weekend. Details on the official web site. Follow @edinburghtvfest on Twitter.
  • The Guardian has a special page for news from the festival.
  • There's also a special page on the BBC Press Office web site for announcements from the Festival.
  • The picture shows an unidentified cameraman and husband and wife team Nan Kenway and Douglas Young making a BBC television programme in 1947. It's from the BBC's picture library

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