Edinburgh Television Festival

A short film contest was launched yesterday where the winner will be chosen simply by the number of views it can stack up.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and Scottish comedy writer, director and producer Armando Iannucci, are among speakers appearing at the 34th MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival.

Former BBC One Controller and award-winning television producer Peter Fincham will give this year's keynote speech, the MacTaggart Lecture, at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival.

The Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, which was taking place at the EICC, ended yesterday. One of the impressions that has stuck with me was of a liberal-minded panel of executives trying to placate a belligerent producer in the name of objectivity in television reporting.

The British people are losing trust in television and television is losing its way. That was Jeremy Paxman's message to broadcasting chiefs in the MacTaggart lecture last night, the keynote speech for the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival at the McEwan Hall.

The MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival starts tomorrow. The two-day festival, which is really a large industry event for the broadcasters and those working in television, aims to debate and discuss the main issues of the day as well as a being a forum for the all-important business of networking.