Once again, a huge interview has been granted to a non- broadcast network outlet.
Katie Couric has scored the first on- camera interview with shamed Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o and his parents Brian and Ottilia since the story of Te’o's girlfriend was exposed as fraudulent.
Te’o did an off-camera interview with ESPN Friday. Te’o has said he was fooled into believing that he had a girlfriend, and that she died of leukemia, though he admitted to tailoring aspects of the story, like telling his dad he had met Lennay Kekua. According to reports, he then lied to others to cover up the lie to his father.
The interview will air this Thursday on Couric’s talk show in syndication. Couric is also a special correspondent at ABC News.
Previews of the talk will be broadcast on ABC News platforms such as Good Morning America, World News and Nightline.
The broadcast networks’ news divisions were once the go- to place for controversial figures to stand on the firing line, but no more.
Last week cyclist Lance Armstrong, who had a fall from grace in recent years, admitted to doping in an Oprah Winfrey interview on her cable network OWN.