After years of networks vying for the first on-camera interview with Amanda Knox, ABC announced it was the victor on Monday.
Diane Sawyer, anchor of ABC's "World News," will sit down with Amanda Knox on April 30 in a televised primetime interview. Knox's book, "Waiting to Be Heard," will also debut that day.
Amanda Knox became an instant media spectacle when she was convicted of murdering her housemate in 2009 while studying abroad in Perugia, Italy. Knox, an American college student from Seattle, was freed two years later when an Italian appeals court overturned her conviction.
The case spawned a Lifetime movie and several documentaries both abroad and in the United States.
The Knox interview has raised some ethical issues among television networks that were fighting for exclusive rights, according to the New York Times' Media Decoder blog
. The Times' Brian Stelter said many CBS, NBC, and ABC producers tried to schmooze their way into an interview as far back as the trial.
"During the appeals trial, there was a dispute over whether an ABC producer 'baby-sat' two daughters of Curt Knox, Ms. Knox’s father," he wrote. "Mr. Knox said that his daughters also stayed in the room of a CBS producer, and that an NBC producer offered the same treatment."
Other producers also reportedly made sure they were on the same flight as Amanda Knox when she returned to the United States in October 2011 after her conviction was overturned.
The New York Post reported that one American news organization even had a private jet waiting in Perugia to take Knox back home after the trial.
An ABC spokeswoman told Stelter that Knox was not compensated in any way for her interview with Sawyer.
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