Stop in­ter­rupt­ing

Scottish Daily Mail - - Freeview Primetime Planner -

WHEN TV jour­nal­ists in­ter­view politi­cians they should stick to ask­ing ques­tions and al­low them to an­swer. It has be­come com­mon­place for in­ter­view­ers to con­stantly in­ter­rupt, be ag­gres­sive and try to dis­rupt the in­ter­vie­wee’s train of thought.

The worst ex­am­ple I have seen was the in­ter­view be­tween An­drew Marr and Boris Johnson on the BBC.

The Prime Min­is­ter rarely got the chance to fin­ish a sen­tence be­fore Marr in­ter­jected and con­tin­ued to talk over him. I think the PM must have been in­ter­rupted more than 50 times. Marr and other jour­nal­ists seem to think they are the fo­cus of at­ten­tion when they should be the fa­cil­i­ta­tor, not the star per­former.

WIL­LIAM LONESKIE, Lauder, Ber­wick­shire.

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