Sam McAlister

Sam McAlister is a BAFTA-nominated interviews producer and LSE senior fellow who has negotiated with everyone from Buckingham Palace to The White House, Tesla to Facebook.
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With skills honed over a decade in the BBC’s elite news programmes, notably BBC Newsnight, Sam McAlister is used to persuading reluctant individuals to participate in a news programme renowned for its rigour and bite.

Exclusives include, most famously, that interview with HRH Prince Andrew, but also; Sheryl Sandberg, Prime Minister Trudeau, President Clinton, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Elon Musk, James Comey, Stormy Daniels, Julian Assange, Trevor Noah, Amy Schumer and Eric Schmidt.

She has the inside scoop on what interviews like this say about leadership, reputation, and communication in the modern age. She knows how to avoid making terrible mistakes and how to deal with the media and its fiercest inquisitors. She also talks about the art of negotiation, honed over decades, with her most famous one, ‘How to convince a Prince’.

Negotiation, dealing with the media, strategy and public speaking have always been at the core of everything that Sam has done, from her time as a criminal defence barrister to her many public speaking and debating prizes, as well as her dealings with celebrities and governments.

She has extensive experience of keynote speaking with everyone from banks to law firms, CEOs and Embassies. She’s comfortable facilitating day long events, speaking on panels and hosting awards ceremonies. Sam also advises private clients on media and negotiation issues.

Sam’s book Scoops: Behind the Scenes of the BBC’s Most Shocking Interviews was released in 2022 and details the secrets of a former BBC producer who found her way to Buckingham Palace, giving a backstage pass to the most unforgettable journalism of our times. Not only was it an Amazon bestseller, it was optioned for a documentary for Channel 4, ‘The Problem Prince”, which aired as part of the channel’s Coronation coverage in May 2023.

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Featured Topics Include:

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Inside story - Prince Andrew interview

Sam recounts the story of 'that' interview, sparing no details!

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Negotiation

Sam has negotiated with everyone from Buckingham Palace to The White House, Tesla to Facebook. With skills honed over a decade in the BBC’s elite news programmes, notably BBC Newsnight, she is used to persuading reluctant individuals to participate in a news programme renowned for its rigour and bite.

3
Crisis management

Sam explains how she manages to steer clear of getting into a crisis, being well equipped to educate us on this, what with the amount of crisis' she's seen.

4
Persuasion

Hear how she managed to persuade Prince Andrew to do the interview, or delve into the many stories of persuasion during her time as a defence barrister.

5
Reputation

Sam understands the importance of reputation. It's how she manages to get her foot through the door and get so many high profile exclusives.

6
Resilience

Sam educates us on what it's like to get 99 no's, and a yes. She optimises resilience and offers insight into what it takes to get ahead.

7
Communication

Being able to communicate with people, adapt and become a social chameleon has garnered Sam audiences with a plethora of interesting companies and individuals.

1
Inside story - Prince Andrew interview

Sam recounts the story of 'that' interview, sparing no details!

2
Negotiation

Sam has negotiated with everyone from Buckingham Palace to The White House, Tesla to Facebook. With skills honed over a decade in the BBC’s elite news programmes, notably BBC Newsnight, she is used to persuading reluctant individuals to participate in a news programme renowned for its rigour and bite.

3
Crisis management

Sam explains how she manages to steer clear of getting into a crisis, being well equipped to educate us on this, what with the amount of crisis' she's seen.

4
Persuasion

Hear how she managed to persuade Prince Andrew to do the interview, or delve into the many stories of persuasion during her time as a defence barrister.

5
Reputation

Sam understands the importance of reputation. It's how she manages to get her foot through the door and get so many high profile exclusives.

6
Resilience

Sam educates us on what it's like to get 99 no's, and a yes. She optimises resilience and offers insight into what it takes to get ahead.

7
Communication

Being able to communicate with people, adapt and become a social chameleon has garnered Sam audiences with a plethora of interesting companies and individuals.

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