Jon Snow: ‘It’s a fantastic moment to be in television’

"When I started, it wasn’t possible to communicate with anyone in TV unless you wrote them a letter. Now I have an active relationship with 300,000 followers on Twitter"

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What’s the best job in TV?

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Mine – no question about that. No two days are ever the same. The other day I was down in South Africa because Mandela was thought to be dying, and a week later I was sitting in a restaurant ordering a pizza and my phone goes – Mrs Thatcher was dead.

What can’t you miss?

This is terrible, but I don’t really watch television at home. I do watch Newsnight and news channels all day. So by the time I get home I’m exhausted.

What will TV be like in 30 years’ time?

We could have a chip in our heads, so we just have to think, “I want to watch BBC1.”

What do you hope will stand the test of time?

I’m bound to say Channel 4 News. Despite advances in technology, our figures have not gone down. If anything they’ve gone up. When I started, it wasn’t possible to communicate with anyone in TV unless you wrote them a letter. Now I have an active relationship with 300,000 followers on Twitter and I occasionally tweet while I’m on air – it’s come of age. It’s a fantastic moment to be in television. The best.

What should win the RT Audience Award?

Despite being addicted to Homeland, I’m afraid the Olympics Opening Ceremony by a million miles. It was one of the most sensational things I’ve ever seen, in any form, on any visual medium.

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The British Academy Television Awards are on Sunday 12 May at 8:00pm on BBC1