Journalist faked Scott Walker interview
27 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — A Dutch journalist has been sacked for making up an interview with American singer-songwriter Scott Walker.
27 July 2006
AMSTERDAM — A Dutch journalist has been sacked for making up an interview with American singer-songwriter Scott Walker.
The article by journalist Paul Hegeman appeared a few weeks ago in Dutch television listings magazine VPRO.
Newspaper 'De Volkskrant' reported on Thursday that the deception came to light when a music journalist rang the VPRO to ask how Hegeman had managed to get an interview with Walker, who is known as reclusive and media shy.
He said he did not believe Hegeman had actually spoken to Walker as he had been trying to get the founder of the Walker Brothers to agree to an interview for ages.
Hegeman was unable to give a satisfactory explanation when confronted by the management of the magazine.
The editor decided to cease taking articles from Hegeman, who later admitted to 'De Volkskrant' that he never spoke with Walker. His article was based on material from two other publications. He insisted his other interviews for the VPRO magazine were genuine.
Walker formed The Walker Brothers in Los Angeles in the early 1960s. The band attained worldwide popularity with pop ballads before breaking up in 1967. He moved to London in 1965 and continued to make music. He released 'The Drift' this year.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news