HOW TO INTERVIEW FOR TELEVISION
Interviewing for television is different to print. You are still trying to gather factual information but the demands are not the same.
This is the view of one of our nation’s greatest TV interviewers, Michael Parkinson, in an article for the Telegraph:
“I think the real tip for interviewing is listening. And that’s the tough one. It’s easy doing a print interview, because you can be discursive, you can chat, you can ramble, and then you go back to your office and you shape it whichever way you want. It’s in your hands. You can’t do that with television, you’re stuck with what you’ve got. So you’ve got to actually think of it immediately as being a beginning, middle and an end, a story complete. That’s what you want from the person you’re talking to. But that also involves doing a lot of research, having it in your mind, but you must listen, because they might say something that you don’t expect.”