I heard this on BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Media Show’ this morning, and thought, “That’s worth sharing” — and not just because it features my sole remaining favourite right wing vixen Louise Mensch. (Best line: ‘blood on the carpet’.)
Sparked by a recent changing of the guard at BBC’s Newsnight programme, the discussion traverses various types and styles of political interview. Despite the shop talk and references to events offstage, I found it interesting to consider the place of ‘theatre’ and aggressive/defensive approaches in interviews … and how our own players compare when extracting information or putting politicians on the spot.
So, here you go … listen to the excerpt (approx 11 mins) here:
Interviewing politicians, excerpt from BBC’s The Media Show 1 Oct 2014
Or you can listen to the whole very worthwhile episode of The Media Show — which covers the recent scandal about the entrapment via fake Twitter profile of a UK minister, and dangers faced by journalists — at The Media Show’s BBC Radio 4 webpage.
Or podcast here.
See what you think.
— Helen Thomson (@helen2009) October 2, 2014