Bedell to chair Edinburgh International TV Festival committee

LONDON - Elaine Bedell, controller of BBC entertainment commissioning, has been appointed advisory chair of the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival's advisory committee, taking over from 2008's chair Andrew Mackenzie.

Working closely with the Festival Office, the advisory chair brings together a committee from across the entire industry to advise and produce festival sessions.
 
Bedell commissions and manages the BBC's entertainment slate, which includes Strictly Come Dancing, Top Gear, I'd Do Anything, Last Choir Standing, The Apprentice, Dragons' Den, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mary Queen Of Shops and Friday Night With Jonathan Ross.
 
Bedell started her career at the BBC as a trainee and produced programmes for BBC Radio 4 - including Start The Week, Midweek and You And Yours. She has also been managing director of Chrysalis Entertainment and oversaw its comedy and sitcom output. Bedell went on to set up the commercial arm of the Royal Shakespeare Company before returning to the BBC. She has won a BAFTA and a British Comedy Award.
Previous advisory chairs have included Alison Sharman, ITV's director of factual and daytime, Celador's head of factual entertainment Murray Boland, Tiger Aspect's Charles Brand, former ITV director of global content Dawn Airey, BBC director-general Mark Thompson and Discovery USA's Jane Root.

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