Why CBS Said No to Tiger Woods Interview

By Andrew Gauthier 

The New York Times

Tiger Woods may be one of the biggest stories of the year, but at least one news organization didnt see the value of landing an interview with him–at least if it was going to be limited to five minutes.

CBS declined an opportunity to be the third outlet speaking with the golf star Sunday, primarily because executives at the network did not believe the interview would hold much value–not after he had already given his five minutes’ worth to ESPN and the Golf Channel.


Though they declined to speak on the record, CBS executives described their reluctance Monday less as a journalistic stand against an interview subject trying to control questioning than as a practical decision about what benefit the network could get from the interview. More…