Which TV Network Has Snagged the First Bernie Madoff Interview?

By Alex Weprin 

Fox Business Network’s Charlie Gasparino conducted a series of interviews with convicted felon Bernie Madoff. One of the recurring themes of the interviews was Madoff’s interaction with the media while behind bars (FBN included). Gasparino reveals that Madoff appears to have booked his first on-camera TV news interview since being incarcerated, with the leading candidate supposedly being NBC’s “Today.”

Meanwhile, just about every major television media outlet — including FOX Business — is asking for the first on-camera interview with the convicted swindler.

Rumors are swirling that the ‘Today Show’ has been to Butner to shoot footage in preparation for the first on-camera spot with Madoff. Madoff won’t comment, other than to say that he has made one commitment to one major network that may or may not pan out and the decision is “weeks away.”

Gasparino also writes that Madoff’s son, Andrew Madoff, is speaking to CBS’ “60 Minutes”:

Madoff told me during a recent telephone interview that Andrew “is talking with 60 Minutes,” the television news magazine, about an interview. “Well that’s good, or maybe not so good,” I responded knowing Andrew’s anger toward his father…

As far as a television interview goes, neither Andrew’s attorney nor a spokesman for 60 Minutes would comment on the matter. But a person close the 60 Minutes tells Fox Business an interview with Andrew is clearly in the works. “It’s still in the talking stage,” this person said. “It’s a plan, and until the guy actually sits down you don’t know if it’s ever going to happen.”