It has been revealed Weekend Sunrise host Matt Doran was suspended for two weeks by Channel 7 after conducting a poorly researched interview with Adele.
According to a media report published in The Sunday Telegraph, Weekend Sunrise presenter Matt Doran was suspended by his employer for two weeks after recording a disastrous interview with Adele ahead of the release of her new album 30.
It’s understood Doran filmed a 20-minute interview with Adele earlier this month in London. However, things turned sour after Adele observed the former crime reporter had failed to ask a single question about her new album.
Doran was then forced to admit he hadn’t bothered to listen to the album despite the record company supplying him with a special advanced preview copy.
Channel 7 had planned to broadcast the Australian exclusive interview as a primetime Sunday night special last weekend, but was forced to change plans after Adele’s management, Sony Music used its veto powers to block the train wreck interview from ever being broadcast.
TV Blackbox understands Doran travelled to the UK with a Channel 7 producer for the interview in early November.
Doran returned to presenting the Sunrise program on Saturday after having been missing for the last two weekends. It’s understood the presenter was reprimanded by angry network bosses and suspended from appearing on-air for 2 weeks after the costly blunder.
The exclusive Adele interview had been secured by Channel 7 as part of a broader package which also includes the highly anticipated Adele One Night Only special featuring concert footage and a conversation with Oprah Winfrey.
Channel 7 has high hopes for tonight’s Adele special. A similar Oprah interview with Meghan Markle earlier this year delivered Channel 10 a national average audience of more than 1.78 million viewers. It has been reported Seven invested close to $1 million to secure broadcast rights for the Adele TV package.
The two-week suspension for Matt Doran comes after Melbourne news reporter Georgia Love was suspended from on-air duties in September after a posting an ‘offensive joke’ on her private Instagram page. Seven is yet to provide an indication when Love will be allowed to return to an on-air role.
TV Blackbox has approached Channel 7 for comment.