So long, ace sportscaster

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

THE UNCEREMONIOUS de­par­ture from the SABC of vet­eran Metro FM sports show host Robert Marawa marks the end of an era of broad­cast­ing ex­cel­lence at the pub­lic broad­caster.

And as you can now ex­pect from the SABC, Marawa’s de­par­ture has be­come yet an­other scan­dal.

The pop­u­lar pre­sen­ter re­vealed he learnt of his de­par­ture from col­leagues and so­cial me­dia.

The SABC sent the me­dia state­ment on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon con­firm­ing it had parted ways with Marawa. Re­ports yes­ter­day said a cir­cu­lar had been sent to staff, but it seems Marawa had not been in­formed his ser­vices were no longer re­quired.

This ended the stormy re­la­tion­ship be­tween the ace broad­caster and the SABC.

Although Marawa is said to be ar­ro­gant and big-headed, this could have been han­dled bet­ter. In­deed, no one is big­ger than a brand and tal­ent comes and goes, but if a man has served you with ded­i­ca­tion for 10 years, you don’t just wake up and chop his head.

Num­bers don’t lie. If Marawa wasn’t per­form­ing, the num­bers would say so and the SABC would have ev­ery rea­son to ditch him like it of­ten does to pre­sen­ters across its sta­tions.

But the brain drain from the SABC in re­cent years has been a di­rect re­sult of pro­fes­sional jeal­ousies and child­ish po­lit­i­cal games.

When this hap­pens, it is us, the view­ers and lis­ten­ers, who lose out on qual­ity broad­cast­ing and pro­gram­ming.

We wish Marawa well in his fu­ture and hope that who­ever re­places him will not fail sports fans.

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