From being suspended to owning his own radio station - inside Tbo Touch's year
Like many‚ Tbo Touch has had an interesting year. Shortly after getting suspended by Metro FM amid rumours of an altercation with a fellow staff member‚ Touch went on to launch his own radio station alongside Gareth Cliff‚ among other things.
Taken off air
Touch was suspended earlier this year after allegedly being involved in a physical altercation with a fellow staff member and refusing to read advertisements on air — allegations that he denied.
After the suspension‚ his contract was renewed for what insiders told TshisaLIVE was an “offer he couldn’t refuse“.
In June‚ the radio personality left more than a million listeners shocked when he announced his resignation from Metro FM.
In his resignation letter‚ Touch thanked the SABC for “the time and efforts in building [his] TV and radio career“.
“I pride myself to be counted amongst a great team of broadcasters that has graced this corporation‚” he wrote.
Launching his own radio station
It was not long after resigning from the SABC when Touch joined forced with Gareth Cliff to launch his own online radio platform‚ Touch Central.
Speaking at the media breakfast briefing‚ Touch said that the venture between him and Gareth is “the future.”
“We have the opportunity to create something amazing. Gareth and I weren’t friends. We saw each other in the hallway but I’ve been watching him and this is the future‚” said Touch.
A host of famous faces‚ such as Nomzamo Mbatha‚ Dineo Ranaka‚ Tall Ass Mo‚ Scoop and many more have since joined the station’s line-up.
Leading the #DataMustFall movement
In September‚ Touch waged war against the exorbitant data costs in SA. At the forefront of the social media campaign‚ which reached Parliament in the days that followed its launch‚ Touch gave mobile networks 30 days to make a change.
Touch and his business partner Gareth took their fight to Parliament later in September where they pleaded with MPs to heed their call.