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Lorraine Heggessey Addresses Elizabeth Murdoch’s MacTaggart Lecture

25th September 2012

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.

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