President Barack Obama will be interviewed on the pre-game show before next month’s Super Bowl by Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly, an administration official confirmed.
The president is continuing what has become a tradition of his to sit for an interview with the broadcaster of the National Football League’s annual championship game, which this year is News Corp.’s Fox network.
Obama last year discussed the health-care overhaul on CBS with Katie Couric and the year before was interviewed by NBC’s Matt Lauer. O’Reilly last interviewed Obama in 2008 when the then-Senator was the Democratic nominee for president.
The president will be interviewed some time during the four-hour pregame show that starts at 2 p.m. New York time on Feb. 6, according to Dan Bell, a spokesman for Fox Sports in Los Angeles. The story was reported earlier by the website mediaite.com.
Last year’s Super Bowl on CBS was seen by an estimated 106.5 million people, becoming the most-watched program in U.S. television history. The broadcast of the New Orleans Saints’ 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts surpassed the 1983 season finale of “M*A*S*H,” which was watched by 106 million viewers, New York-based CBS Corp. said at the time, citing data from Nielsen Co.