Who will saved boater Nick Schuyler pick as his first TV interviewer? A few recommendations here
As news outlets fight over who will interview boating accident survivor Nick Schuyler first, it sparks a question: Who would you pick, if the world’s media were beating at your door?
Considering Florida’s habit of sparking national media stories, you may face that choice sooner than you think. Here’s my list of TV’s leading interviewers, with pluses and minuses included to help in your choice:
Minuses: Doesn’t have news cachet of some anchors; still outgrowing image as lightweight feature guy.
Minuses: Considered a little old school; several of her platforms are not highest-rated.
Minuses: Doesn’t have the audience of the networks; everybody knows why you’re taking his softballs.
Minuses: Couric is proving hard news credentials by giving tough interviews; ask Sarah Palin how it feels when TV’s queen of perkiness turns on you.
Oprah Winfrey, Oprah show:
Pluses: She's the queen of all media, so appearing on her show has serious prestige; has multiple platforms in print (O magazine), on radio (Sirius/XM's Oprah and Friends) and TV (upcoming OWN cable channel) to present interviews; has devoted audience who will follow her lead, so if you win her over, you're set.
Minuses: Doesn't have much news credibility; can destroy you with a cross word or harsh assessment.
Minuses: He actually knows political issues; if you’re unprepared, he’ll take you apart with a smile, creating a clip endlessly recycled on YouTube.