Which Outlet Snagged George W. Bush’s First Post-Bin Laden Interview? Not The One You Think

By Alex Weprin 

Just days after President Obama announced that the U.S. had killed Osama bin Laden, former President George W. Bush quietly sat down for an interview. He has not sat down for any other interviews since.

The interview–the first and only one since the deal of bin Laden–will air on August 28, but not on any of the broadcast networks or cable news channels. Rather, the interview will run on National Geographic Channel as part of a special “George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview.” The special will kick-off a weeklong retrospective of the terrorist attacks.

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Marisa Guthrie has more details on how the special came about:

Nat Geo executives called on New York filmmaker Peter Schnall, whose previous work for the network includes the top-rated 2009 documentary Onboard Air Force One. (Schnall’s Partisan Pictures is also producing two additional specials for Nat Geo’s 10th anniversary coverage. The topic has been one that Nat Geo has explored consistently over the years and the two-part 2005 documentary Inside 9/11 stands as the network’s most-watched program with nearly 18 million viewers.)

Nat Geo is partially owned by News Corp., so it is possible that Fox News Channel may have wide-ranging rights to use footage from it.