Highveld DJ unexpectedly sacked
Johannesburg – 94.7 Highveld Stereo DJ Paul Rotherham was unexpectedly fired on Tuesday.
"I was called in by the station management after my Breakfast Express show on Tuesday where I was told that it wouldn't be necessary for me to come in to work the following morning and that my contract will not be renewed," Rotherman said on Tuesday.
According to him his contract only expires at the end of this month. He joined the radio station in 1998.
The station manager, Natasha Wadvalla, confirmed that Rotherham "does not work at the station any more".
"We parted on good terms and the station wishes him all the best for the future."
Rotherham said that what hurt him most is that he "did not get the opportunity to say goodbye" to his listeners.
"Management was friendly, but said that the station was heading in one direction and I am heading in another."
He believes that the reason for his dismissal is because he raised a few points that worried him in a meeting about a month ago.
"I said that the content of our Breakfast Express show is not appropriate for a time slot where children are listening on their way to school."
"I don't want my children to hear how we talk about a back, crack and sack topic," he said referring to a show wherein a man spoke about how his delicate parts were waxed.