The question is asked at around 4:06 in the video
During a press conference held to showcase the musicians performing at tonight’s Isle of MTV, a Times of Malta journalist asked Paloma Faith whether she could confirm that she had cancelled a scheduled interview with ONE earlier that day due to ONE’s political background.
Before she could reply however, the MTV host shut her down, saying that they didn’t have time for “personal questions”.
“Well, I’m happy to answer it,” Paloma Faith says as the host skips to the next question.
Following the press conference, a government spokesperson sought out the journalist and told them that Paloma hadn’t refused the interview with ONE for political reasons.
Lovin Malta’s revelation that Paloma Faith had refused to be interviewed by ONE due to the media house’s pro-Labour political bias has set off a series of denials from the government and MTV officials along with the assertion that Paloma Faith cancelled the interview due to logistical issues, and not political reasons.
For reasons of transparency and clarity, Lovin Malta will be reproducing how it found out about Paloma’s refusal.
This journalist and a Lovin Malta videographer had been invited to interview Paloma Faith at the Radisson at 10:30am Wednesday morning. Various journalists from Maltese media houses, including ONE and TVM, were gathered and waiting outside the first floor business lounge where the interviews were taking place.
Amid various security personnel, Lovin Malta and the videographer sat on a sofa in a corner of the room, away from the other journalists, when a high-ranking Malta Tourism Authority official exited the lounge looking flustered and approached a female journalist from ONE.
Saying they needed to speak to her, the government official took the ONE journalist and sat on the sofa next to Lovin Malta, apparently not recognising she had sat down besides Lovin Malta, and began to openly talk about both the planned interview with Paloma as well as Lovin Malta itself.
Paloma Faith has told us she won’t accept an interview with ONE, and will only be interviewed by Lovin Malta – I’m really sorry, the government official told the ONE journalist in a hushed tone.
That’s so unfair after we came out here, replied the ONE journalist. Did she say why?
Someone probably did some research and saw the political motivation of ONE and she’s decided not to hold an interview with ONE, said the government official.
Can we go in with the Lovin Malta journalists and interview her with them? asked the ONE journalist.
No, they don’t want to do anything with ONE, said the government official. But I am sure you can come to the press conference later.
She then made a phone call to attempt to sort something out, before cutting off and confirming with the ONE journalist that the interview with Paloma Faith wasn’t happening.
The ONE journalist then left the first floor at around 10:45am on Wednesday.