I tried to answer media requests pretty much all of the time. Usually it’s a win-win situation – the reporter gets content for their programme or article, and you get an opportunity to put across your perspective on an issue that matters to you.
If you are a Committee President, the media burden is much heavier, because you are always the first port of call for questions to do with your Committee. You might need to think about how you manage your time, and whether you want to ask other Committee members to share that responsibility.
But for regular States Members, I felt like the media workload was manageable, and could be fitted around other commitments almost all the time. The media are often very flexible and willing to come to you, which also helps.