It seems that Ravi Govender’s return is imminent to Lotus FM; Indian Spice has learnt that Govender was close to signing a new contract last week with the station.
However, the move has been blocked by the recent incident of alleged hate-speech by Pauline Rosanna Sangham, the broadcaster and management of Lotus FM have cited that the incident has impacted their decision in taking Govender back.
Govender has proven to be a positive influence on the listenership while at the station and the support for him after his termination has also been noted.
The veteran jock’s return to the station will only entrench the confidence in listeners in the Lotus FM management and will aid in bringing back lost listenership.
Sangham vs Govender
If one compares the two scenarios of what has transpired with each radio jock, Sangham’s incident is a matter of alleged Islamophobic hate-speech. Ravi Govender’s incident and exit was a matter of the Zuma camp using their influence to affect his current situation.
Lotus FM management are working on a solution
Top management at the station are working on a resolution to avert the current situation in order to have Govender return to the airwaves of Lotus FM. It is not known as yet what show was planned for Govender to host as his previous show, The Vinyl Countdown had been officially handed over to Enrico Pillay.
It has been noted the swift action that Alvin Pillay is taking in being a hands-on GM.
Recently, Pillay got on the airwaves to discuss the situation around Sangham’s transgressions, this has been taken in a positive light by listeners who appreciated the radio GM’s willingness to make himself available to his listeners.
The public broadcaster terminated the contract of Lotus FM radio jock, Ravi Govender after he called President Jacob Zuma a “zombie.”
The termination of his contract was not due to standard SABC Human Resources protocol but based on influence from the Zuma family head, Edward Zuma who called for Govender to be fired. The SABC spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago had justified the termination on the basis that Govender had ‘put the SABC into disrepute.’
Support continues to grow for Ravi Govender on social media
A Facebook group, Bring Ravi Govender Back on air has been rolling with support for the former Lotus FM jock.
Messages of support from his listeners have been incoming from various parts of the world. Visit the Fan Page here
Govender wrote an open letter that appeared in The New Age newspaper, apologizing to Zuma for his comments that were frowned upon by Edward Zuma who was the driving force to the sacking of Ravi Govender from Lotus FM. Click here to read that letter