Title: Political Interviews As Face-saving Instruments: A Conversation Analysis Of Professor Ben Ayade's Interview On Arise News
Author(s): Sarah Chidiebere JOE & Theresa Belema CHRIS-BIRIOWU
Abstract: The aim of this study was to examine the talk-in-interactions between Professor Ben Ayade, the Governor of Cross River State and two members of The Morning Show team on ARISE News, Dr Reuben Abati and Rufai Oseni. The televised interview occurred on 21 May 2021, following Ben Ayade's declaration that he had decamped from the People's Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). This study is premised on the understanding that citizens have the right to be informed and televised political interviews is one avenue where knowledge gaps are addressed. The media, acting in the interest of the public ask questions and challenge responses in a bid to uncover the truth about government policies and actions. Although several scholars have detailed the role of the media in shaping public opinion and more generally, the understanding of political realities, there is a paucity of research on the nature of political interviews as turn-taking, exploitative encounters, critical in the formation of public opinion. This Conversation Analysis addressed this gap by investigating the structure and tone of the questions asked by the ARISE Team and the communicative styles and strategies employed by Governor Ayade in responding to the questions posed.
Keywords: political, interview, face-saving, ayade, conversation

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