Popular DJ Tinashe Chikuse leaves ZBC under a cloud

Popular DJ Tinashe Chikuse has announced his departure from the state broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) marking an end to a 20 year old career.

Chikuse has been under a cloud ever since the cancellation of the Champions League breakfast show and his alleged suspension with co-host Pathisani Sibanda last year.

In their place, the management introduced new hosts for The Morning Drive show which includes comedian, Nijo, a debutant on radio alongside Rachel and Rugare which resulted in the alleged boycott of the radio station by their legion of followers.

Signing off with his signature talk, the DJ penned a long letter to his fans on his Facebook page notifying them of his decision.

“Well, for those that might have been wondering, it’s indeed true, it’s not a sabbatical but sadly it’s the end. Primarily, this letter serves to notify my fans that I resigned from my duties at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), effective the 3rd of April, 2023. It marks an end to a devoted and ardent 20 years of service.”

He lauded the radio for changing his life.

“It’s a fact, radio changed my life. It took me from being a dreamer to being a brand. My journey has been filled with a million thrills, I managed to experience the warmth and hospitality of Cairo, Egypt in 2016, all thanks to radio.”

He reflected on his broadcasting journey and his achievements.

“My journey in the craft started at the Sunday Mail as a reporter then I joined the ZBC as a production assistant in the current affairs department in 2003. In the discharge of my duties, I was privileged to work on the stations flagship shows like the Media Watch, Talking Farming, Toringepi and Face the Nation to mention but a few.

“My journey in radio ‘literally started in the morning’ at SFM (now Classic 263) as the host on the breakfast show in 2005, an experience that I will forever cherish. I vividly remember researching on the riddles that quickly became a fans favourite before I was moved to Power FM. It is at SFM that I bagged my first accolade after winning the NJAMA Best RadioDJ of the year in 2006.”

Chikuse said he was taking time out to figure out his next move as he digested the change.

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