Today presenter defends grilling of missing girl's mother

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Today programme presenter Sarah Montague uses a diary piece for the Observer to defend her interview with Karen Matthews, mother of Shannon Matthews, which had been criticised for being “overly censorious” of her family life.

“The test I apply in these cases, and which I spent much of the rest of the week considering, is whether the interviewees can feel that they’ve been fairly represented. Was it intrusive? Yes, of course it was,” wrote Montague. “But there were questions there that had to be asked and it was a matter of getting the tone right.”

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