Phat Joe too blunt for East Coast Ra­dio lis­ten­ers

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - – Staff Re­porter

IN JUST one year with East Coast Ra­dio, DJ Phat Joe had 77 com­plaints lodged against him with the Broad­cast­ing Com­plaints Com­mis­sion of SA (BCCSA).

Last week, the sta­tion an­nounced an agree­ment to part ways as Phat Joe pur­sues other ven­tures.

Known for his wry sense of hu­mour, it would ap­pear the host of the drive-time show was too blunt for KwaZu­luNatal lis­ten­ers.

A reg­is­trar at the BCCSA said the pre­sen­ter had 53 com­plaints against him last year and 24 this year.

In one in­ci­dent, the sta­tion was fined R30 000 for a com­ment he made that he was feel­ing “Down syn­dromish”.

But the com­plaints were not his rea­son for leav­ing.

Pro­gram­ming man­ager Zane Der­byshire said the pre­sen­ter left due to com­mit­ments in Joburg. He said while ECR re­spected and at­tended to the com­plaints laid against Phat Joe by its lis­ten­ers, those com­plaints did not in­flu­ence the de­ci­sion not to re­new his con­tract. “We hired Phat Joe know­ing his per­son­al­ity and we wanted him to bring a bit of spark to the show. And he did. As much as we re­spect our lis­ten­ers, the com­plaints did not in­flu­ence us. The de­ci­sion was taken by him and the sta­tion. Phat Joe had other com­mit­ments that needed him to be in Joburg full-time.

“ECR wanted a pre­sen­ter who would make the show a num­ber one pri­or­ity, and that was im­pos­si­ble as he had other com­mit­ments. There’s no bad blood be­tween the sta­tion and him. We may still work with him.”

Al­though Der­byshire was tight-lipped as to who would be re­plac­ing Phat Joe, he said lis­ten­ers could ex­pect another well-known DJ to take over.

Phat Joe was re­cently un­veiled as the pre­sen­ter for DStv chan­nel Vuzu’s up­com­ing dat­ing game show, Take Me Out Mzansi.

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