This is what John Humphrys has to say about a softer interview style

The Today programme's John Humphrys has rejected the views of senior BBC colleagues who think broadcast political interviews have become too aggressive, claiming that politicians are "fighters" who "relish" confrontation.

The host of Radio 4’s Today programme refuted the idea recently put forward by Ian Katz, the editor of Newsnight, that audiences would benefit if politicians were given “more space” by interviewers. Mr Humphrys said he thought politicians enjoyed being “pushed quite hard” in interviews.

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