Emily Maitlis said it was an “honor beyond belief” after it was announced she would present the prestigious James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival.
The 51-year-old former Newsnight presenter is recognized as one of the most popular journalists in the UK and has worked on numerous television stations including NBC Asia, TVB, Channel 4 and Sky.
She’ll discuss “the threat of news reporting and the hold on account power globally” during her keynote later this month.
This will be her first major speech since joining the media group Global after she left the BBC earlier this year, where she was subject to strict restrictions on fairness.
The James MacTaggart tribute lecture has previously been presented by a host of notable personalities including actress and writer Michaela Coel, broadcaster Jon Snow and former Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman.
“The list of extraordinary people who have delivered this lecture before me makes it an honor beyond belief,” Maitlis said.
“It is a great privilege – but also a responsibility. To do this right. The need to hold power without fear or favor is more urgent than ever.
“We are very good at documenting the censorship and intimidation of journalists around the world.
“But we are sometimes too slow to realize how and when it plays out in more subtle, family-friendly ways.
“In many places, political actors, their communication styles, and their relationship to truth have changed. The press needs to respond strongly to that challenge.”
Her keynote address at the festival will explore “the complex world of modern journalism, where the threat of reporting and wielding global power, not only comes with complete intimidation and censorship.” whole, but also in more nuanced ways with particular language and normalization”.
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Maitlis has worked at broadcasters throughout her career but she is perhaps best known for her time at the BBC.
She joined the company in 2001 and presented Newsnight from 2006 until earlier this year when she announced her departure.
During her stay, she won a Royal Television Society award for her interview with the Duke of York about the Jeffrey Epstein scandal in 2019.
She also previously hosted the BBC’s popular Americas podcast with Jon Sopel, who left the BBC with her so they could watch a new podcast for Global Player, host a radio show together on LBC and provides commentary and analysis for the station’s website.
In 2019, she published Airhead: The Art of Making Imperfect News, providing a behind-the-scenes look at some of her biggest news stories and interviews.
Edinburgh Television Festival Executive Chairman Fatima Salaria said: “Emily Maitlis has brought the news into our living rooms for more than 20 years but can never be described as a newsreader.
“Better and sharper than being comfortable with her final owner, she is happiest when she opens a story rather than just narrating it.
“Fans of not only her encounter with Prince Andrew but also Newsnight, Americast, and her bestselling book Airhead will want to hear her embrace truth, power, and justice in what it promises. will be a challenging and insightful MacTaggart.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/emily-maitlis-to-deliver-mactaggart-memorial-lecture-at-edinburgh-tv-festival-41900038.html Emily Maitlis presenting the MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival