The final miner has only been above ground for just over 24 hours, but it is a safe bet that TV news bookers are scrambling to get the first interviews with the men who were trapped underground for 69 days.
Broadcasting & Cable‘s Marisa Guthrie has more on the race to book the miners and their families, and notes that “Today”‘s Natalie Morales–who speaks Spanish–is on the scene. You can be sure that the networks will do whatever it takes to be the first to book the men.
The miner’s families also say they expect to be paid for interviews. None of the major American news organizations pay for interviews per se, but all of them will offer to pay for travel, and most will also be happy to “license” photos and video from the families of the interviewees, with the fees often in the thousands of dollars.
So which U.S. network (or talk show host) will get the first interview? The clock is ticking, but it is only a matter of time before someone bites the bullet, or at least reaches for their wallet .
Meanwhile, Discovery Channel is planning a one-hour special on the mine rescue for October 28. The special speaks to the families of the miners the president of Chile, as well as the rescuers and consultants that worked on the operation.
More information on that special, after the jump.