I'm curious what the general public thinks about this. If you had a difficult situation happen in your life where there was media interest, would you ask your friend & a well-known member of the media to serve as your spokesperson? If so, should he or she agree to it. What if that person (intentionally or unintentionally) had an effect on how the news is given out? Is that good or bad?
*Full disclosure here: I worked for 9NEWS in Denver for a number of years and have a friendly relationship with Brian.