Channel 4 boss Ian Katz hailed Emily Maitlis’ MacTaggart Lecture as “wonderful” and said it served as a powerful reminder that “justice is the foundation of journalism”.
he was the broadcaster’s content director and editor of the BBC Newsnight news program from 2013 to 2017 when Maitlis was the presenter.
In her speech at the Edinburgh Television Festival on Wednesday, Maitlis argued that the media had failed to adapt to the change in politics and was guilty of “normalizing” populist ideas.
I’ve been covering politics for a long time (and) I learned it’s a stupid game to try to predict what politicians doIan Katz
Speaking at a panel at the festival on Thursday, Mr Katz said: “Fairness doesn’t mean pointing out things that are simply not true.”
He added that he thinks “what we have to obsess over as news organizations is trust” and claims that Channel 4 is the most trusted news site in the UK.
Reflecting on what the future might hold for Channel 4 as the Government seeks to privatize the channel, Mr Katz said: “I’ve been talking about politics for a long time (and) I know it’s a game. stupid trying to predict what politicians do.”
He added that “the industry as a whole” has made it clear that Channel 4’s contribution to the economy, upgrades and TV is “best protected in the hands of the public”.
He also acknowledged the discussions surrounding privatization had “invigorated” him and his colleagues to make them “highly focused” on moving their money.
During a Lecture in MacTaggart on Wednesday, Maitlis also claimed the BBC was “seeking to appease” Number 10 by issuing a quick apology for her 2020 Newsnight monologue about Dominic Cummings following his lockdown. We go to Durham.
In response, the BBC said: “As we have made clear previously in relation to Newsnight, we have not taken action due to any pressure from Number 10 or the Government and the other suggestion is false.”
Mr Katz also suggested that the number of TV shows and formats currently being restarted by broadcasters was “sad”.
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His comments come after ITV announced it was reviving Big Brother, while Channel 4 has rebooted itself on shows like The Dressing Room and Big Breakfast in recent years.
Mr Katz said Big Brother was a “great show” that did “great things” during its time on Channel 4 but felt the channel was focusing on running new shows rather than revitalizing. old models.
He said: “I’m sure it’ll bring in ITV audiences but I think there’s something troubling about the TV microwave moment of shows being reheated.
“If Channel 4 is about anything, it’s finding that new dish.”
The session also saw Channel 4’s head of factual expertise, Shaminder Nahal, describe the TV’s new documentary about Diana, Princess of Wales as “too special”.
Investigating Diana: Death in Paris explores the investigation by French and British police following her death in a car crash in Paris in 1997.
Ms. Nahal says the documentary plays out almost like a police procedure.
She added that the channel wants to be “provocative and defiant” with their documentaries and that in another show they will give “historical insight”, focusing on the division of India through the lens of modern times and how Britain’s actions had lasting consequences.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/emily-maitliss-former-newsnight-editor-praises-brilliant-mactaggart-lecture-41936400.html Emily Maitlis, former Newsnight editor hails MacTaggart Lecture ‘awesome’