The art of interviewing – This is war! And I’m not joking.
“Doing an interview” for either radio, television or the written press, is so often regarded as a simple thing. I (the starry, celebrity, or maybe hapless, newby interviewer) sit here. You (the starry, celebrity or, perhaps, unwitting, ordinary-member-of-the-public interviewee) sit there. I ask questions. You tell me the answers. Three minutes of air time filled. Job done. If it’s NCA (news and current affairs) there may be a some glossy extras… I have a few “But surely?” or, “Many will say…” interjections. You have a couple of disarming, distraction ploys, as in: ”Well, actually, that’s not entirely true..” or, “In fact, statistics show that…”.