Media release: C4’s Ian Katz to go head-to-head with Robert Peston


CHANNEL 4 controller, Ian Katz, and ITV News political editor, Robert Peston, are to go head-to-head in what promises to be an unmissable finale to the Edinburgh TV Festival.

Katz’s inaugural controller session on Friday August 24 at 13.45 – 14.45 will make for a memorable ending to the event.

This time last year, the industry was buzzing with rumours and speculation around who would be the new head of Channel 4. When the dust settled, Katz was unveiled as the broadcaster’s surprise new director of programmes.

So who is Ian Katz? ITV’s political editor, host of the eponymous, Peston on Sunday, and former BBC business editor, is going to find out.

As well as finding out about the man, we’ll find out about the vision…what he’s commissioned, exclusive clips of upcoming shows, and crucially what he’s still looking for.

On top of that he’ll answer questions on the headline issues, from the new faces at C4, to Nations and Regions and BAME commitments, from the rebirth of 11pm to embracing digital platforms. He will be joined by members of his commissioning team to paint a picture of the wider team at C4 and to talk in more detail about what to pitch and how to pitch it.

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