Embattled SABC radio stations have been forced to reshuffle presenters in the bid to save the listenership which has taken a nosedive.
Meanwhile, Metro FM is at the forefront of the reshuffling as its listenership continues to deteriorate. Thus, major changes will see Metro FM management switching presenters from one show to another. Some of the new talents will be moved to other shows.
Whose Show Is It Anyway? with Somizi Mhlongo, Khanyi Mbau and Ntombi Mzolo is reportedly among the shows to be reshuffled. It’s alleged that the presenters are going to be given slots with some of the ‘older’ talents at the station, including Glen Lewis; Unathi Msengana and Bonang Matheba.
According to disturbing reports, the changes have stirred up tension at SABC radio stations, with some people threatening to quit the job.
Notably, Somizi, Khanyi and Ntombi’s Whose Show Is It Anyway? has been under review since the trio got the gig. The 8-10AM show received massive criticism on the social media from listeners after the trio debuted it.
A lot of listeners expressed varied opinion on Twitter about the three. While some picked on Somizi saying he is more suited for the graveyard shift, others said the three are too loud to be listened to in the morning.
Some fans even threatened to migrate to other radio stations. As a result, SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said management will have to look into the Metro FM the issue.
Last week, statistics revealed that Metro FM has lost almost half of its listeners. Listenership figures were down 2 million. From January to June 2016 audience numbers were sitting on around 4million as opposed to 6million from July to December 2016.
Nevertheless, there’s still hope for the station as the figures could be affected by a new measurement system. Final figures will be released later next month.