At first glance it seems incredible: the two 2Day FM radio hosts at the centre of the royal prank furore – Mel Greig and Michael Christian – have sat down to speak to A Current Affair and Today Tonight.
It would, you might think, simply throw more fuel on the fire.
It will give the news media – whose mood at present ranges from merely hungry to openly furious – even more to fill the slabs of copy, and to keep the debate over broadcast standards in radio raging indefinitely.
But it is also, in purely strategic terms, the best step forward.
That isn't intended to forgive their sins, or attempt to de-humanise a story which, on so many levels, desperately craves a little more humanity than the original prank, or the furious aftermath, has allowed for.
In telling their side of the story, Mel Greig and Michael Christian will effectively break what is fast becoming a very overheated circuit.
At present the news cycle is feeding on itself – re-telling, rehashing, recycling headlines, responses and opinions. Speaking up will break that cycle, and allow it to move forward.
It also puts a new human dimension on the story, perhaps revealing for the first time the extent of the impact on Greig and Christian.
There is little sympathy for them, it seems, and it perhaps overstates things to consider that they are somehow victims, but in the broader context, the machinery of breakfast radio is bigger than either of them, and the scars from this tragic episode will take a long time to heal.
Channel Nine's A Current Affair host, Tracy Grimshaw, who has prerecorded an interview with the pair to go to air on Monday night, describes them as "pretty shattered people".
Long after the media has moved on – it does, after all, have a big appetite but a short memory – the events of the past week will haunt everyone they touched directly, but particularly Greig and Christian.
What is needed now is a little humanity.
More perhaps than Austereo deserves, or has ever given those who have been unwitting or unwilling participants in what passes for entertainment on its programs.
Greig and Christian need to say their piece. And as a civilised society we need to forgive, and move on.
Not just so that we (and they) can learn from their mistakes, but more importantly, so that the family of Jacintha Saldanha can bury a beloved daughter without the spectre of a lynch mob baying for blood over her grave.