BBC Radio Sheffield’s breakfast host Toby Foster has caused a storm after declaring on Twitter: “Got asked to go for a pint by BBC manager. Got pretty much sacked.”
An expletive was also used.
The award-winning radio favourite, who joined the station in 2002, took to the social media network at 8.45pm last night to announce the news.
Eighteen minutes later he added: “Was told by my editor that ‘one of us will go’. After all these years at the Beeb.”
By 9.30pm the tweets had been removed, replaced with one which read: “Phone ringing like mad. I’ve spent 11 years talking about S Yorks. If it finishes now, I’ll be sad.”
But fans had already lauched campaigns by then to save him, including a Twitter hashtag #saveourtoby
The 44-year-old presents morning show Toby Foster At Breakfast, which includes a phone-in and news chat.
Toby wasn’t hosting the breakfast show this morning but colleague Paul Walker mentioned he was standing in for him.
A spokesman for the BBC said: “ We are aware that some inappropriate tweets were sent from Toby Foster’s account.
“They have since been removed. Until we have investigated the matter further, we are unable to provide further comment.”
Within minutes of the first tweets, fans also took to Twitter to express disbelief and set up an online ‘save Toby’ campaign.
Mike Akroyd wrote: “Seriously? BBC Sheffield just lost a listener. And I’ll not be alone.”
Tash The Blade said: “Toby Foster sacked? Really? Bit like killing the golden calf.”
Becky Mayhew wrote: “Please don’t let it be true about Toby Foster. It took me ages to find a breakfast show I loved.”
Martin Llewellyn said: “I hope this isn’t true. Love the show, it makes me laugh on the way to work.”
Foster, who lives in Barnsley, is also presenter and compere of the Last Laugh comedy club in Sheffield, and starred as Les in Peter Kay’s sitcom Phoenix Nights.