Covid-19 brings a new normal to radio personalities
Being a journalist during the pandemic is one of the most challenging jobs at this moment. You have to comply with the rules of the lockdown while trying to perform your duties.
Thabiso Ngidi is a 24 year old radio personality at Ugu Youth Radio station. Ngidi said that the pandemic has brought a lot of pressure to radio personalities as they have to make changes on their daily shows.
“It has brought a lot of pressure towards us, we can no longer take guests.” He said. The radio personality also added that they now have to take guest via telephones.
The radio personality said that it very hard for journalists to maintain the standard of their work and having to comply with the regulations of lockdown. “As media people we are at high risk of contracting Covid-19 because we work with people,” said Thabiso.
He also added that the station has been a good help in easing the anxiety of contracting Covid-19 as it is sanitized every day. “The company makes sure that each and every day before we enter the studio it is sanitized, “he said.
Thabiso said that the station takes serious precautions of Covid-19 as there is a process that employees have to do before they enter the studio, “we are also screened every day and you are not allowed to enter the studio without a mask,” he said.