The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has denied reports that it has “broken the bank” to get former Metro FM DJ Tbo Touch (Thabo Molefe) back on the air.
In a statement Monday night, the SABC said it was guided by Exco-approved standardized freelance rates, which would not see anyone who earns even R240,000†
“The public broadcaster rejects this deliberate misinformation because it is misleading and factually inaccurate. The SABC’s GCEO does not interfere in line-up negotiations, as that is the job of program managers and business managers. In addition, the SABC does not pay car allowances and other fringe benefits to freelancers.
“Finally, independent contractors are not involved in soliciting sales and sponsorships as the SABC does not have a commission scheme for individuals outside of the sales force,” a statement said.
This after Sunday World reported that Tbo Touch would be back on air from next month and will cost the SABC radio station about half a million Rand a month with its estimated R480,000 salary†
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According to the publication, the move took the parties more than a year to accomplish because of how Tbo Touch understandably feels about the station after its less than gracious abolition more than five years ago.
Tbo Touch is expected to be announced as the station’s new drive time host as the Metro FM lineup gets a shakeup as part of South African radio’s annual March Madness reshuffle, the publication reported.
This news comes as does DJ Speedsta, who hosts the station’s special hip-hop show announced his departure†
When they saw Sunday World sharing the news on Twitter, Metro FM listeners flooded the publication’s reactions with their thoughts on Metro FM’s movement and lineup.
Additional reporting by Kaunda Selisho