You’re reading this page because you are going to be interviewed for a ReThink show. Please read the following carefully so that you can be well prepared for the interview.

We also have an FAQ page with a more general list of questions and answers, including how the interviews are conducted and published.

Below you will find:

  • Confirming the mode of interview
  • Details – onsite shoot
  • Details – remote interview (video or audio)
  • Details – self shoot
  • Preparing for the interview
  • Our Terms of Interview (at the foot of this page) – please read closely as they apply to you once you interview with us.

Confirming the mode of interview

There are three key modes of interview we conduct. Which applies to you depends on which series you are taking part in, where you are located, how many other people we are interviewing in the same location at the same time, what equipment you might have and when the interview is taking place.

It’s important that we clarify with you which of the following modes we will use. Please read through each brief description.

Details – onsite shoot

If we are conducting an onsite shoot (with full camera, lighting and sound setup), we will likely be interviewing you with other people. We refer to these as “shooting days”.

  • You will have the date, time and location confirmed.
  • We will send you details ahead of the shoot, but very little preparation is required.
  • If the shoot is at your premises, we’d ask you (or your team) to confirm any health and safety requirements in advance. If it is at a premises we have organised, we’ll take care of that.
  • We provide all of our own equipment.

Details – remote interview (video or audio)

In the Covid-19 era, many interviews are now being conducted remotely. We’ll discuss with you which platform will work best.

  • Either we’ll conduct a video interview or an audio interview
  • Either way, you are best to use small headphones or air buds for audio at your end.
  • Please let us know if you have any enhanced microphone equipment.
  • Otherwise, we’ll send you a link to the platform we’re using (this can include Zoom).
  • Please rest assured that some of our best (and best received/most engaging) interviews have been captured using this method.

Details – self shoot

Increasingly, some of our more media-savvy interviewees have access to their own studios (or home office set up) with high end camera, sound and lighting. If this applies to you, please let us know immediately as for remote interviews, this will give us the best quality footage. We’ll have some questions to ask you (including whether a colleague shoots you, or you do this yourself), we will need to confirm some technical requirements, and we’ll likely dial in to interview you via video call or audio. You then send the footage (all of it, unedited) to us via upload link. Please note, to maintain editorial integrity, we must have the full set of footage.

Pre-interview meeting

We often (but not always) ask for a pre-interview meeting, to gain further understanding of our interviewees, well ahead of the proposed interview. This pre-interview also often helps us to prioritise filming sessions for various series so that we are capturing the right combination of people at the right time. It also sometimes leads us to editing your content into a different series than intended.

Preparing for the interview

It may seem obvious, but based on experience, the following guidelines do help some people:

  • Please be ready ahead of time – allow 10/15 minutes before the interview
  • Check your hair, clothes and teeth (!) beforehand – please be happy with your appearance
  • If we are interviewing you remotely, online:
    • please have a strong, secure internet connection
    • ensure that you are in a room which does not sit next to noise (traffic, noisy colleagues, the lift well)
    • try and frame yourself against a nice backdrop
    • do not use virtual backgrounds (such as available on Zoom)
    • no over-the-top branding please – we’ll add information about where you are from
  • No need to prepare significantly:
    • You already know the subject matter very well. We will not deviate from this.
    • No notes please, and certainly no scripted answers. You wouldn’t do this for the BBC, CNN, TVNZ or any other channel. Please don’t do this for us.
    • We will start with a general chat/warm up.
  • Please don’t feel the need to tense up. We will conduct this as a relaxed interview.

Terms of Interview

Thank you for agreeing to an interview. We know that this style of interview is both familiar to people (in that it is editorial) and unfamiliar (in terms of our methodology, production timeframes and distribution strategy). In confirming the interview data and time and completing the interview with us, you are subject to the following terms, which we have found over the years provide both you and us with clarity from the outset.

  1. Editorial: This is an editorial interview with yBC.
  2. Methodology: We will follow yBC’s usual editorial methodology, which is in line with best practice journalism. Interviews will be conducted professionally and ethically. More information about how we interview is found on our FAQ page.
  3. yBC is not expecting payment: We are not asking for any payment or compensation for shooting, producing or publishing the interview, now or in the future.
  4. You are not expecting payment: You do not expect any payment or compensation for the interview, now or in the future.
  5. Right of veto: At any time during the interview you can indicate that something you’ve just said should not be published. In other words, you can instantly veto any section of the interview which you are not happy with, and we will respect that.
  6. Editorial control: Once the interview is finished, yBC has full editorial control, much as any other news or editorial channel would do. We make edit decisions and they are final.
  7. Viewing interviews: We intend to show you the completed interview clips as a courtesy soon after we have finished editing, and before publication. However, failure to do so (which would not be deliberate) does not forfeit our control or ownership of the footage, nor does it alter the terms you have accepted.
  8. Use of interviews: You are very welcome to an embeddable video clip or entire playlist, which we are happy to provide to you.
  9. Ownership: yBC owns the base footage and the edited videos absolutely, in perpetuity, with no restriction. This extends to all visuals and audio contained within the footage, and any transcription we create of the interview at any time. If you supply footage to us (because you have shot the interview in-house on your own equipment), we have full ownership of the copy you have provided us, as if it was the only version.
  10. Attribution: the source interviews will be attributed to you, with the possible exception of promotional material which may include short video or audio segments or still images, where attribution is not practical.
  11. Base footage: yBC will never release the base footage to anyone, including interviewees. This has been our blanket policy for over 15 years.
  12. No obligation to amend or publish: We are under no obligation to re-edit the video footage in any way in the future for any reason, including if your position title or organisation name changes. We also make no promises as to the extent of publication, promotion or viewership.
  13. Publication: yBC may publish your interview in whole or part, in isolation or alongside other interviewees, on any of yBC’s channels, platforms or websites, including yBC’s YouTube channel and social media platforms, and via embeds with publication partners (current or future). Our high level aim is to engage viewers and reach new audiences.
  14. Disclaimer: yBC expressly disclaims all warranties and conditions of any kind, whether express, implied, statutory or otherwise, including but not limited to any implied warranty or condition of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title or non-infringement with respect to any materials or content provided by yBC to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law. Without limiting the foregoing and for greater certainty, yBC makes no warranty that any web sites, web services, publication platforms products or services will be available or will function without interruption or error or that any results, including without limitation, any specific revenues, will be obtained or generated from this agreement.
  15. Limitation of liability: In no event shall yBC be liable for any direct, indirect, special, consequential, incidental, exemplary or punitive damages (including without limitation any damages for loss of business, profits, goodwill, use, data or other intangible losses) whether foreseeable or not, arising out or relating to this agreement, or any services (including without limitation marketing services, hosting services, consultancy services and design services) provided by yBC under this agreement, whether based in contract (including without limitation fundamental breach), statute, tort (including without limitation negligence in any degree or misrepresentation) or other theory of liability, even if yBC has been advised of the possibility of such damages.
  16. Confirmation of interview confirms acceptance: In confirming your interview with us – whether directly or via an employee or agent – you are confirming acceptance of these Terms of Interview.
  17. Applicable law and interpretation: these terms of business, and any agreement between the parties to which they apply, shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of New Zealand.Our Terms of Interview may be updated from time to time to ensure compliance with applicable laws or changes to the media industry. Any updates will be published here and are effective from the date the revised terms first appear on this website, or yBC’s main website (ybc.tv) where previous versions of these terms will be recorded as well.
  18. How to contact us: You will already have contact details for key people at yBC. If there are any issues, please reach out to us. Communication is key. If you have lost these details, find them here.