[Image description: Krishnan laughing when James O’Brien asks him why Robert Downey Jr called him a ‘Syphilitic Parasite’]
As BBC presenter he found it hard to abide by the rules that he wasn’t allowed to express his own opinions. He still finds it hard but cherishes the ideal of an impartial media. His early interview of Jimmy Savile became prescient because kids in the audience reacted badly to Savile.
Aged 24 he wanted to get serious as foreign affairs and politics journo. He applied for a job at half his salary in order to get in. It took 3 years to come good. He moved from BBC to Channel 4. BBC was bureaucratic beast. There are 4 or 5 top jobs in his field and everyone wants them.
Journalist pooling system needs to be stopped where broadcasters agree for one camera and everyone gets access. There is little accountability because of this and because politician now know they can just refuse to give interviews. Andrew Marr has a brilliant mind, but.
K G-M got called out at the BBC for “duffing up” a cabinet minister; they said the Minister wouldn’t come back if the questions were too hard. Ministers now just do rubbish on SkyNews.
I feel foolish that we were surprised by Brexit despite me predicting it earlier.
Cherishes regulated media and the need for it. We need to serve everybody. It’s not my job to change opinions. We need to have trust in the media. In UK our TV is legally required to be impartial. But impartiality doesn’t mean equal time for wrong views. eg on climate change and race. Coverage should reflect how people voted before and where opinion is now.
K G-M has the idea of “Good TV” in his head. ie a stoush. Thinks most people are good and not vicious.
Likes to do docos every now and then for 2 or 3 weeks and not worry about daily grind of news.
Has thought about going into politics but “I just don’t see a tribe.” And there is no point in going into politics unless you can wield decision making power.
Quentin Tarantino got angry when asked if there was a link between movie violence and real world violence. Q didn’t want to have that discussion. Tarantino saw it as a chance to spruik the film. The interview went viral.
Actor Robert Downey Jr “just expected a junket interview with people blowing smoke up his arse.” Downey got a different interview to what he expected and he got up and walked out. Later Downey said K G-M was a ‘Syphilitic Parasite’
The Richard Ayoade interview was a joke interview about a joke book which lots of people didn’t get. Richard had asked for K G-M to interview him, knowing he’d be the perfect straight man for the joke.