Jerry Springer to Give Alternative Keynote at Edinburgh TV Fest

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Jerry Springer

The talk show icon will give a short speech ahead of a Q&A at the annual TV bash in Scotland.

Jerry Springer is set to deliver the alternative keynote MacTaggart lecture at this year's Edinburgh TV Festival, which is set to run Aug. 21-23.

The talk show icon — and subject of a comedy opera that played in Edinburgh in 2002 — will give a short speech at the annual TV event ahead of a Q&A with Channel 4's Dorothy Byrne in which he will discuss his long career hosting The Jerry Springer Show, which ran for 27 seasons from 1991-2018. Springer is also set to share his views on politicians’ relationship with the media and what part traditional news organizations can play to uphold democratic debate in an era of "fake news."

“Clearly one of the most beautiful cities in the world — it's an honor to be asked to speak, usually I'm being asked to be quiet!,” said Springer.

“As the king of the tabloid talk show, who better to hear from right now?" added Kelly Webb-Lamb, advisory chair of the festival. "And with Dorothy Byrne by his side, it’s definitely box office. The popcorn is already in the microwave.”

The session is set to take place Aug. 23, and will be produced by Jane Millichip, chief commercial officer at Sky Studios.