Andrew Neil - exhibitionist or interviewer

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

I am concerned that the people you employ have not been properly trained as interviewers, and rather than interview people so that we can hear what they have to say, it has become an exhibition of how clever or aggressive the interviewer can be. Other interviewers now appear to be engaged in an arms race to see who can be the most aggressive and the most sensationalist. It is lamentable, and the consequences could be that people will no longer want to be interviewed at all by the BBC. Andrew Neil is being reported as "wounding the opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn". Mr Neil seems to be quite proud of this but the consequences for this country could be profound, so much so that Mr Neil may be asked to apologize for his role shoring up the campaign of the conservative government and allowing child poverty, food banks, homelessness and the numbers of working poor in this country to remain rampant. Perhaps Mr Neil should be asked 10 times or more to apologize, perhaps he should be reminded on camera of the poverty in this country and the people he steps over in the street in London whilst collecting his huge pay from the BBC.

As with Mr Corbyn's family, Mr Neil's family would watch as he would be repeatedly asked to apologize by an aggressive angry man to the extent that they become upset.

In view of the above I request that the BBC provide details of any qualifications required by the BBC from their interviewers before allowing them to interview?

Is any training provided by the BBC, are interviewers trained to ask questions and to move on from each question so that more areas are covered? They could ask the same question three times and then state that the question has not been answered before moving to the next question, or are they allowed to ask the same question in an increasingly aggressive manner Ad infinitum. I request details of any training that the BBC gives to their interviewers before allowing them to interview or does the BBC not give any training at all?

Yours faithfully,

James McLean

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear James McLean,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was received on 29th November 2019. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20191921.

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Dear Mr McLean,


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