Organizers of the 2020 Edinburgh TV Festival are shifting the event to online in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Originally scheduled to take place August 26-28, the festival will be reimagined as a digital event for the industry, with some of its key components to take place virtually.
These include The MacTaggart Lecture and controller sessions, as well as the Foundation industry schemes: for future TV talent), (designed “to celebrate and develop the best the industry has to offer”) and which brings together television and academia.
The statement also underlined that organisers will create “, to launch in the coming weeks, underpinned by the editorial rigour you’ve come to expect from the festival.” Programme details will be announced in due course, as will names of participants and speakers.
The festival’s TV Awards will be staged later in the year.
Organisers further pointed out that the full online festival offer will be made available to freelancers at no cost.
Managing Director of the TV Festival and TV Foundation Campbell Glennie commented: ”
This year’s Advisory Chair, BBC TWO Controller Patrick Holland commented: