British DJ Pete Tong must think by this stage he has a job for life. He’s been a staple of Friday nights on BBC Radio 1 now for some 500 years or so and his label FFRR is in safe hands as part of the Warner Records group.
Two different sources have told me, however, that all isn’t well. They tell me that the recent departures of Annie Mac and Diplo from the station have weighed heavily on his mind and that Tongy is wondering exactly when to call it a day.
One also mentioned to me that BBC bosses were not best pleased with the glowing tribute that Tong left on Instagram when DJ Erick Morillo – who had been charged with sexual battery at the time, as well as facing a string of claims from other women – died in September 2020. However, I’ve been unable to find any evidence to corroborate this claim.
Still, Pete Tong is by now 60 years old, worth some $33million and has more than made a mark on the dance music
world. Whether the man himself thinks it’s time to go home with the grandfather clock and spending his days watching the world go by remains to be seen…