Politicians now consider TV and radio interviews to be “all risk” and “almost no chance”, veteran BBC journalist Nick Robinson has said after Liz Truss canceled the call. interview him at the last minute.
The vanguard to become the next prime minister will be questioned by Robinson in a live interview to be broadcast at 7pm tonight on BBC One.
However, she withdrew because “there was no more time”.
When asked what events she would be participating in on Tuesday, her campaign said there was “nothing to flag today”.
A source from Ms Truss’ campaign said she was not taking part in the interview she had agreed to, as she was focused on getting as many votes as possible and preparing for government.
Writing for the BBC, Robinson noted that politicians and advisers increasingly view television and radio interviews as “all risk and virtually no chance”.
He said he suspects that Ms Truss “has yet to complete her plan” for the cost of living crisis and is “reluctant to let it be shown on TV in front of millions of viewers”.
Robinson added: “The BBC does not believe it has the right to interview people who manage or want to manage us.
“I am all too familiar with the enormous pressures politicians, and often very small teams, face.
“However, I want to say why television interviews are important to our democracy.
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“That sounds huge, so let me explain.
“In this competition, tens of millions of people have no say in choosing their own leader.
“They want to see and hear their leaders question, challenge and test.
“All is well, politicians and their advisers scream as they read that last sentence.
“But they increasingly see TV and radio interviews as all risky and virtually no chance.”
Robinson said politicians and advisers claim that interviews are no longer about “participating in an adult conversation” and that instead of viewing interviews in person, many “watch snippets of Short quotes on social media are often good questions asked by interviewers.
The veteran BBC journalist insisted this was “correct”, as “about two million people watched my BBC One interview with Rishi Sunak” and “about seven million people listened to the major interviews on the show”. program Today”.
He added: “What they want to hear is a debate being made about what a leader can do to address the issues that shape their lives.”
Robinson concludes: “Democracy requires the consent of the people, even those who do not vote for you or disagree with your policies.
“Good government requires accountability.
“Restoring trust in politics requires openness about how and why decisions are made.
“That’s largely the job of Parliament, not TV and radio interviewers like me.
“However, what we do also plays a role.
“In recent years, it has become fashionable to say that that kind of political dialogue is no more.
“The in-depth political interview is dead, let’s say some.
“Boris Johnson hates them.
“Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are not very important.
“I hope and believe they are wrong.
“That’s why I look forward to an in-depth interview with our next prime minister, whether it’s Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak.”
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