Talk Radio 702 and 567 CapeTalk have announced that Eyewitness News (EWN) senior political reporter, Stephen Grootes, will be taking over the Midday Report as of September. Grootes replaces broadcast veteran, Chris Gibbons, who is moving on to pursue other opportunities after 32 years with the stations.
“Chris has been presenting the Midday Report for the past eight years. He has worn many hats while being with us and he leaves behind a lasting legacy,” says Primedia Broadcasting CEO, Terry Volkwyn.
The Midday Report is an hour-long current affairs show that brings listeners up to date with the latest breaking news and information, analysis, interviews and comments. It is simulcast on both 702 and CapeTalk and has won a number of awards, including an MTN Radio Award for 2011.
“I am absolutely thrilled and excited and I’m looking forward to hosting the Midday Report which is South Africa’s premier news and current affairs show. It’s a huge opportunity to speak to newsmakers and give our listeners the very best understanding of news events as they happen, when they happen,” Grootes says.
Gibbons said he wanted to emphasis that he and Primedia were parting on the best of terms. “Primedia and I go back 32 years in one form or another and both parties value that long association. However, I do feel it is time for a change of emphasis in my professional life. I wish both Talk Radio 702 and 567 CapeTalk all success – and perhaps our paths will cross again in the future.”