The real difference is in how our journalists operate. In the US, the reporter tries very hard to be a friend to the interviewee, or at least to keep things amicable. Particularly when it comes to elected officials, American reporters will be very respectful, deferential, will always address the subject by their title, and will often lob softballs at them just to gain access. This si why the War in Iraq happened, because our press refused to interrogate anyone.
in the UK, the reporter is not the subject's friend. Oftentimes, the reporter will be openly hostile, interrupting the subject mid-sentence to announce "that,s a lie" or "That's not at all what you said earlier". The reporters in the UK do not treat elected officials any differently than they do anyone else-I've heard the reporters on thsi show grill PM Brown so harshly I kinda felt sorry for him. Its a very confronttaional style, a bit like a courtroom drama.
And I like it. The reporters on this show have teeth, a spine, and appearing on their show means risking getting asked some deeply embarassing questions. They don't seem to care about access-they just wantt he truth, and will stop at nothing to get at it.
I so wish we had that style of reporting here in America. We woudl never have entered Vietnam or Iraq if our 'journalists, were as willing as these folks to tell the President, "You're lying".