8 The interview
‘He puts his blunt, loaded questions with the air of a prosecuting counsel at a murder trial. As he swings back to face the camera, metaphorically blowing on his knuckles, one detects the muffled disturbance as his shaken victim is led away.’
– SIR ROBIN DAY – THROUGH THE EYES OF A CRITIC
‘It’s marvellous! I have the opportunity to be impertinent to people I’d never normally meet and I can say what would be considered rude things and they have to answer. It’s a position of great responsibility and I’m privileged to do it.’
– RICHARD BESTIC, PARLIAMENTARY CORRESPONDENT
Every scrap of information that reaches the airwaves stems from an interview of some sort – a chat in a bar to get some background, an informal ...