Former Beatle Paul McCartney was also not given time to listen to his own albums, according to reporter
Australian journalist apologises for not listening to Adele’s new album before interview
An Australian journalist has apologised after saying she did not listen to Adele’s album before a radio interview.
As she sat in for Alan Jones on Sydney radio station 2GB, former Beatle Paul McCartney said he was listening to his own albums.
On Thursday, however, journalist Paul Paterson said she was unaware of that and had not listened to Adele’s 22 or 25.
As McCartney took his seat she began the segment saying she hadn’t been listening to anything before the interview, saying: “I really wanted to listen to my own music but I haven’t managed to find time.”
The interviewer also added that she hadn’t bought the new vinyl edition of Adele’s album and admitted she hadn’t bothered listening to it either.
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As the interview continued she then bemoaned her lack of knowledge about the new album by another Australian, Tim Minchin. “It’s great. What song have you heard?”
Some of the other on-air guests on the show later told listeners they felt uncomfortable, suggesting they had not talked about the topics ahead of time.
As she interviewed the former Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett, Paterson said she felt “uncomfortable” that he hadn’t mentioned the album that week. Garrett then said: “Really disappointed Adele didn’t give me her tunes,” before ending the interview.
A source said the audio editing left Paterson no option other than to apologise on-air, knowing the audience would get the sense she was arrogant and didn’t care.
The comment elicited a strong reaction on social media, with many expressing disbelief at her total disregard for what was happening around her.
Marquee attendee Jane Vessa-Barcha (@janevafa9) “I really wanted to listen to my own music but I haven’t managed to find time”. #PaulPaterson.
Will Frankby (@willfrankby) Amanda Seyfried: I don’t really have time to sing but maybe I should go and see Coldplay for practice. Paterson: Not unless you consider a pre-recorded segment of your own program to be rehearsal. Shame.
ABC News (@abcnews) “I really wanted to listen to my own music but I haven’t managed to find time”. Paul Paterson?! You don’t get the time to listen to your own music mate. And you, author and producer, have probably done away with downloading albums from legal downloads sites. Like history. On to the next segment.