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He attended the independent Hutchesons' Grammar School in Glasgow, leaving in 1992. He then went on to study at St Andrews University in Scotland.
He began his career as a reporter for The Big Breakfast, and in 2001 he started writing a music column for The Guardian. He became a reporter for Liquid News in September 2001, becoming a presenter in 2002, replacing 34-year-old Christopher Price who died of meningoencephalitis.
He is a stand in presenter on BBC Radio 5 Live having covered for Richard Bacon, Tony Livesey and Simon Mayo. His job title is entertainment correspondent for Radio 2 and Five Live. He is the main BBC radio correspondent for the Oscars and Glastonbury. Until January 2010 he was a regular pundit on the Radio 2 Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman. The pair first worked together as co-presenters on Liquid News.
In 2008 Paterson did an interview with Noel Gallagher in which he asked him to comment on Jay-Z being booked as a headline act for the Glastonbury festival. Gallagher replied saying that hip-hop was 'wrong' for Glastonbury. This resulted in much media controversy and Jay-Z hit back at Noel's comments by playing out Paterson's interview with the Oasis frontman before his headline set on the main stage at Glastonbury.
- "New Hosts for Liquid News". BBC News. 28 July 2002.