C-SPAN to Run Entire ’60 Minutes’ Ahmadinejad Interview

Aug 11, 2006  •  Post A Comment

C-SPAN said today it would air Mike Wallace’s entire 90-minute interview with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday, a day after a segment of the interview airs on CBS News’ “60 Minutes.” C-SPAN said the Iranian president specifically asked CBS News to let the whole interview air. The “60 Minutes” segment will air at 8 p.m. Monday on C-SPAN followed by the entire 90-minute interview, and a viewer call-in segment will air after that, C-SPAN said.” We agreed with CBS News that airing this interview in its entirety is very much in the public interest and fits with C-SPAN’s style of airing events as they happened and without commercials,” said Terry Murphy, C-SPAN’s VP of programming. “This is also a unique opportunity for viewers to see for themselves the editorial process at a major network news organization, and find out which portions of an extended interview actually make it on air.” C-SPAN has previously run three other Wallace interviews with foreign leaders. In March 1997, C-SPAN aired an interview with Iran’s outgoing President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, followed by a 1999 interview with Colombian President Andres Pastrana and a 2000 interview with Chinese President Jiang Zemin.