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Director, BBC Vision
Speech given at the Banff World Television Festival 2008
I am delighted to be here once again in Banff – the spiritual and creative home of global television.
It's the second interesting experience I've had in North America recently.
Two weeks ago I was in LA for the screenings - and I was simply staggered to see the amazing flow of creative ideas coming across from Britain. Hit after hit had been picked up, and the BBC was leading the pack on a scale bigger than ever before in our history.
I wasn't the only one to notice – the New York Times wrote a piece on upfront week citing the prominence of BBC shows like Dancing With The Stars, The Office, Worst Week and Life On Mars.
The Times' analysis had a somewhat downbeat tone –read full story!...