Metro FM DJ given the boot

Metro FM DJ Paul Mtirara has left Metro FM after contractual issues with the SABC

Metro FM listeners who have grown to love The Chill Factor host Paul Mtirara, will be saddened to learn that he has been given the boot by the SABC.

Mtirara, who’s been with the station for over a decade, was told that his contract was being terminated last week, says SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago.

“He has not been on air for the past two weeks as we were busy dealing with the matter. His contract with the station was terminated last week,” Kganyago said, adding that this was because of a serious contravention of his contract.

“I do not know what his next chapter will be,” he said.

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Speaking with DESTINY MAN earlier this year, Mtirara, who got his MBA in August, said that while he wanted to go into business, he would never leave radio.

“They always say: if you’ve been bitten by the radio bug, you can never get out of it. I will always be on Metro as long as Metro still likes me and they still renew my contract every year, I will still be there. I still want to be on radio. I might not be there as often, but I would still like to be on radio,” he said at the time.

He said that the highlights of his many years at the radio station included working with radio giants such as Wilson B Nkosi and the late Eddie Zondi.

He also shared why he had decided to do an MBA: “I’ve always had a fondness for business, I think it is something that you’re born with and business is one of those things – the love for making money and developing strategies.”

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Before joining Metro FM, Mtirara worked for TruFM, and he has about 15 years’ experience in radio.

At this point, Kganyago says he cannot name Mtirara’s replacement. According to the Sowetan, Mtirara will be taking legal action against the SABC for firing him without a warning letter or verbal warning.

Our attempts to get hold of Mtirara were unsuccessful– his phone went straight to voicemail.