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TV Networks Jockeying for Big ‘Get’

Oct 27, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A feeding frenzy is going on among the broadcast news divisions over a big "get" who has been in the headlines lately, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Proposals are flooding in for Amanda Knox, as TV outlets scramble to try to be the first to land an in-depth interview with the U.S. woman who spent four years in an Italian jail, the piece says. Knox was recently cleared of murder charges and returned home.

A rep for the 24-year-old Knox told the publication he has been inundated with offers, saying, “I can’t see my desk,” the story reports.

After problems surfaced in the Casey Anthony situation, TV organizations are carefully avoiding anything that looks like paying for interviews.

THR reports: “Network news divisions publicly disavowed the practice of licensing personal photos and home videos from interview subjects after it was revealed that networks did pay Casey Anthony and her family. So Knox’s best option for a big check is to first ink a book deal. Sources say the family has yet to retain a literary agent and that Knox likely won’t do an interview until a book deal is in place. But nets still are trying, especially because Knox doesn’t have Anthony’s ethical baggage.”

Among the outlets in play are ABC, CBS and NBC, the story says. At ABC, “20/20’s” Elizabeth Vargas is considered the front-runner, but Katie Couric is also in the mix. For CBS the goal is to get Knox on “60 Minutes,” while NBC has earmarked Matt Lauer and “Today” for a potential Knox interview.

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