Sam McAlister is a BAFTA-nominated interviews producer, public speaker, and former criminal defense barrister with over a decade of experience in the BBC's elite news programs. She has negotiated with high-profile individuals, from Buckingham Palace to The White House, and is known for her persuasion skills and engaging storytelling.
Why you should book Sam McAlister for your next event
- Wealth of Experience: With over a decade of experience in the BBC’s elite news programs, Sam has honed her negotiation, strategy, and public speaking skills to a fine art. She has dealt with a diverse range of high-profile individuals, from celebrities to government officials, and has the ability to engage with and persuade even the most reluctant participants.
- Engaging Storytelling: Sam’s book “Scoops: Behind the Scenes of BBC’s most Shocking Interviews” provides a fascinating insight into her work as a producer, offering a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most high-profile interviews in recent history. Sam’s ability to captivate an audience with her storytelling would undoubtedly make for an engaging and memorable keynote speech.
- Versatility: Sam’s experience extends beyond public speaking, with a track record of hosting events, chairing panels, and speaking on panels. Her versatility means she is capable of tailoring her approach to suit the needs of a particular event, ensuring that she is able to make a valuable contribution and leave a lasting impact.
Sam McAlister is a BAFTA-nominated interviews producer who 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.
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.
Negotiation, 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, and her dealings with celebrities and governments.
She has extensive experience of keynote speaking– with everyone from banks to law firms, via CEOs and Embassies and has also chaired day long events, spoken on panels and hosted awards ceremonies.
Sam’s book Scoops: Behind the Scenes of BBC´s most Shocking Interviews was released in 2022. The book details the secrets of a former BBC producer who found her way to Buckingham Palace, giving a backstage pass to the most unforgettable journalism in our times. The book has been optioned for a documentary for Channel 4, and a film, with the acclaimed screen writer Peter Moffat. Both are scheduled for 2023. Sam’s book, “Scoops”, about her negotiations with Buckingham Palace, has now gone into production as a major movie for Netflix. Sam will be played by Billie Piper, with Gillian Anderson as Emily Maitlis, Rufus Sewell as Prince Andrew, and Keeley Hawes as his private secretary, Amanda Thirsk.
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