Monday, April 09, 2007

How much for a story?

Much has been said about fees going to any of the released 15 British service personnel for giving media interviews. My view is that they are welcome to the money, it is their story to sell. It is their lives that were put on hold and if media organisations want a good and exclusive story then they should enter the marketplace just like any other newsworthy story.

Nobody should have their potential income stopped for giving media interviews whatever job they were doing.

I have just watched the Faye Turney interview broadcast tonight with Trevor McDonald. It was a tidy interview and drew a good line under this story. It made good television and left the viewer to make up their own minds about the tale and her actions. She earned whatever fee she was paid and it was far better for the viewer than the usual press conferences put on by top brass.
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