Tex Perkins has taken to Facebook to take a dig at DIG, the ABC’s digital radio station for what he considers to have been “unprofessional conduct” after they used information from an interview not due air until late October to spill the beans on Homebake.
Dig leaked word of the new Homebake venue at Sydney’s Opera House after Tex mentioned it in an interview that was not due to air until late October. At that point the official announcement would have been made.
The Dig leak forced the Homebake promoters to rush the announcement that the 2013 event had changed venues.
Tex said, “I was at Dig to guest program a show that is to be aired in late October, under the proviso that anything within the podcast would be confidential until the air date. After being asked what I would like to promote when this will be aired in October – I said the Beasts are playing at Homebake, knowing that by the time this aired that news would have been officially announced”.
“The producers from the ABC decided to release that information as a news grab without clearing it with myself or anyone from Home Bake, they did this with full knowledge of the consequences of putting that information out early and full knowledge that the event was yet to make any kind of official announcement, and full knowledge that the information was gathered by them under the pretence of a specific air date,” he continued.
Perkins confirms that Dig have apologized for the problem the leak has caused. “Homebake and myself have subsequently received an apology from Dig for their unprofessional conduct. I just wanted to set the record straight, that I would never go out of my way to ruin such an exciting announcement for a festival”.
Homebake will be held on December 6-8 at the Sydney Opera House. As well as Beasts of Bourbon, artists include Paul Kelly, Gurrumul, Eskimo Joe, Birds of Tokyo, Bernard Fanning and The Cat Empire.
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