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Gagasi FM claims Metro FM is targeting its 'primetime talent': 'This is the second occasion in less than 6 months'

2019-08-01 17:13
 DJ Naves and Sphectacula
DJ Naves and Sphectacula (PHOTO: DJ Naves Instagram)

Cape Town - The radio industry in South Africa has been in the spotlight over the past couple of years, but the past weeks have been particularly interesting.

With DJ Fresh leaving for 94.7 and Mo Flava taking over the Metro FM breakfast show – the afternoon drive was left needing a replacement and Metro FM managed to get The Kings of The Weekend, Sphectacula and DJ Naves to take over.

This means the DJs will be leaving their current station, Gagasi FM – a move the station is not happy with.

Sphectacula and DJ Naves left Metro FM in 2017 for Gagasi FM, where they secured a contract until the year 2020.

In a statement released by the KZN based station, the station’s spokesperson Khulekani Shandu explained that the station received a letter of resignation from the two DJs, which is in effect from 2 August 2019.

"Gagasi FM have engaged with the presenters about the premature termination of their contracts, their departure from the station and the legal implications of their contractual obligations to Gagasi FM," he wrote.

"Gagasi FM has noted that this is the second occasion in less than 6 months that an SABC station has targeted Gagasi FM’s primetime talent in the middle of their contracts and in a hastily manner. Nevertheless, Gagasi FM has consistently displayed its ability to groom and to identify talent, and actions by SABC radio stations over the past few months seem to affirm this," the statement continued.

He further added that the station is in the process of finalising a new line-up in response to the sudden departure of Sphe and Naves.

"DJ Sonic will join Clarissa to host the afternoon drive as a stand-in. Njinga will stand-in for Sonic on his evening slot on weekdays between 22h00 and 01h00."

"All other shows will continue as per the normal time channels and an announcement will be made about the future of the afternoon drive show in due course," he concluded.

Speaking on the new addition to their station, Metro FM station Manager, Sibongile Mtyali said, "Our intention is to carry on delivering top quality content, the coolest way we know how and these newly introduced shows are a part of the station’s strategy to refresh its lineup through repositioning and strengthening its talent pool to ensure it still remains number one in the game".