9     Setting up the interview

‘The interview is an intimate conversation between journalist and politician wherein the journalist seeks to take advantage of the garrulity of the politician and the politician of the credulity of the journalist.’


News is often too immediate to allow detailed research, and news items are frequently too brief to warrant an in-depth approach. The average length of a bulletin clip on British independent radio is around 20 seconds – just enough for one or two succinct points. Even a three-minute report (and many music-based stations keep interviews to half that length) can support only four or five questions.

Longer interviews are more frequently the province of speech-based stations ...

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