Founder of CliffCentral.com (host of The Gareth Cliff Show on CliffCentral) and MNet Idols judge, has become one of South African radio’s most prominent personalities. Having studied Law, International Relations, Politics and History, Gareth’s general knowledge and accompanying wit allow him to converse with everyone, and to share challenging, bold and entertaining opinions with his listeners and guests.
Gareth kicked off his career at Radio TUKS in Pretoria in 1998 and later “graduated” to 702 Talk Radio as a producer while he was still studying. It was here that he was given his first major break in radio where he attracted an enormous amount of attention for his irreverence and intelligence, replacing the legendary John Berks on the 702 Breakfast Show in 2001. In 2003 Gareth accepted an offer on 5FM where he remained until March 2014, first hosting the afternoon drive and then the breakfast show seven years.
Gareth has won numerous awards over the years for best radio and television personality and presenter, most recently this year for YOU Favourite Radio Personality. He regularly hosts events both as an MC, speaker and a conference facilitator.
Beyond the public eye, Gareth has demonstrated his commitment to his audience and passion about South Africa by generously giving of his time to causes that are close to his heart. He regularly gives motivational talks at schools and universities and has been the ambassador of several education initiatives. He is the Patron for Headway Gauteng, an organisation dedicated to offering support programmes to survivors of Acquired Brain Injury, including Traumatic Brain Injury; Men and Women Against Child Abuse; The SA Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Izzy Education trust. He also wrote a book “Gareth Cliff on Everything” which remains on the best-seller list.
Gareth is co-founder and Director of One on One Productions (Pty) Ltd with the latest initiative being CliffCentral.com with the aim of creating the pre-eminent online content hub in Africa.