Lorraine Heggessey, chairman of Boom Pictures, and keynote speaker, said that Elizabeth Murdoch showed “considerable bravery” when she delivered the high-profile McTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival, in the wake of News Corp’s core part in the phone-hacking scandal.
“Liz knew everyone would want to talk about those issues and she gamely answered a lot of the questions,” said Heggessey.
“But inevitably it felt like she was positioning herself for a top job in the Murdoch empire. She used it to put forward her credentials as a leader who can stand on a platform and not make the mistakes her brother did, and to point at her experience of both running TV channels and establishing a successful indie.”
She added that Murdoch’s call for “no profit without purpose” was a view she strongly agreed with.
The speech called for greater cross-industry collaboration and more digital innovation.