Adelaide radio presenter Ali Clarke has broken down in tears live on air this morning after receiving a text attacking her interview style.
The text accused the ABC Radio Adelaide breakfast presenter of a “pitiful interview”, saying that she had “embarrassed the interviewee”. It’s not clear which interview it was referring to. Ms Clarke’s line-up this morning included interviews with ABC journo Matt Doran talking politics and a woman who had rescued a joey from its dead mother’s pouch. She also spoke to TV and radio host Andrew “Cosi” Costello about the royal show and to a weather expert.
During the weather interview she had made a quip about radiation.
Ali Clarke in the ABC studio with David Bevan during her morning radio show.
On receiving the text, Ms Clarke, who is known for her bright and bubbly personality, immediately broke down and said:
“Sorry ... we don’t always get things right here but we do always try our best, you know and we sit here with the text line in front of us and it just adds up you know,” Ms Clarke said.
“Sometimes we do interviews and it is handed to us last minute and we are trying our very best and when someone texts in that that was a pitiful interview, and what you just said was awful, I’ve embarrassed the interviewee, and provided excruciating listening to the Adelaide audience, and maybe this is too, but it adds up.”
“And sorry this has come out of left field and normally I’ll be able to deal with it and maybe I’m having a bad day.”
Fellow host David Bevan, who was on air at the time with her, comforted her, saying:
“People do say dreadful things on the text line and all of us toughen up and ignore it but sometimes it does get through.”
“To the person who sent that very hurtful text you are not alone, there is a community of people who give a running commentary.”