Now attracting viewers: the election interview that Boris Johnson won't do

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption What Andrew Neil wants to ask Boris Johnson

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption What Andrew Neil wants to ask Boris Johnson

Neil said that if the prime minister is expected to face the likes of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin then he should be able to sit down for a half-hour interview with him.

The ruthless broadcaster sent out a final appeal to the Prime Minister last night, saying the BBC has "been asking him for weeks now to give us a date, a time, a venue". "As of now, none has been forthcoming", he mentioned.

Mr Johnson is claimed to agree with taken fragment in additional than 100 interviews all the diagram via the election advertising and marketing and marketing campaign.

Former BBC Radio 4 controller Mark Damazer said broadcasters were reflecting public exasperation at politicians" evasiveness - and suggested some journalists were being influenced by the approach taken by some United States networks "calling out' President Donald Trump.

"He vows that the NHS will not be on the table in any trade talks with America". However he vowed to the DUP, his unionist allies in Northern Eire, that there would by no means be a border down the Irish Sea.

"That is as important to the DUP as the NHS is to the rest of us".

Neil ended his interview with Brexit party leader Nigel Farage with a direct challenge to the prime minister - the only leader of a major party not to have been interviewed by the veteran broadcaster during the campaign: 'It is not too late. "So it was surely not expecting too much that he spend half an hour standing up to me".

On Thursday, broadcaster ITV announced that Johnson was refusing to do an interview with Julie Etchingham, another heavy-hitting journalist.

One reason: On Friday, pollster YouGov published a poll that found that 67 percent of the British public said that Johnson should do the interview; 13 percent said he shouldn't.

"They have contacted his press team on repeated occasions with times and dates offered to film an interview".

Channel 4 have been slammed for mistakenly captioning the footage of Boris Johnson.

This morning, a report emerged that he may miss a broadcast with the famously tough interviewer altogether.

Ian Lavery, Labour Party chair, said that Johnson "thinks he's born to rule and doesn't have to face scrutiny".

"He's operating scared as a result of each time he's confronted with the influence of 9 years of austerity, the price of residing disaster and his plans to promote out our NHS, the extra he's uncovered".

The snap elections were called by the Conservative PM so as to get a parliamentary majority which would enable him to secure backing for his deal for Britain to leave the European Union.

BBC journalist Andrew Neil has issued an unprecedented on-air challenge to Boris Johnson to appear on his show, after critics accused the PM of being a "coward" for dodging him.

"This clearly broke the settlement the Labour social gathering made with the BBC in good religion".

The programme had been scheduled for today, and ITV confirmed that Tonight will still air but in a different format to the other leadership interviews.

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