I have just watched Lateline on the ABC during which Tony Jones was his tediously repetitive self and I couldn’t help but compare him with his wife, Sarah Ferguson.
Sarah has taken over from Leigh Sales on the 7.30 Report on the ABC and since then she has shown herself to be astute, determined but always courteous. Her diction and presentation are faultless and she is well-informed on the topic of her interview
Compare this with the rudeness and lack of panache of Tony Jones. He is like a broken record, going on and on and not giving the person he interviews much time to respond. It is no wonder that Clive Palmer told him to shut up the other night.
How sad it is that an interviewer is so enamoured of the sound of his own voice that he drones on for ever.
In my opinion, a successful interviewer is one who treats the interviewee as a welcome guest rather than as an interruption to his own monologue.
The audience wants to hear what the guest has to say. So bringing out the salient points of a discussion are the primary duties of the interviewer.
In this respect, Sarah Ferguson outdoes her husband by a mile.