Multiple restructures underway at Nova Entertainment
Multiple media outlets are reporting a swag of restructures within NOVA Entertainment this week.
Changes include a reorganisarion of news operations and more “duel programming” for the Nova Network.
Let’s start inside the NE newsroom, where there are two confirmed casualties.
Perth-based drive newsreader, Gemma Varone, and Melbourne-based News Editor, James Royce, are set to depart the company.
Radio Today understands that a national bulletin from Sydney is sufficient enough for Kate, Tim & Marty‘s top-rating national drive show. However, if a major local story breaks, a localised bulletin will air.
Sports news will also be localised to accommodate for each city’s preferred code.
The second major shakeup is happening on the Nova Network.
Nova 96.9 Sydney-based morning jock and comedian Greg Burns, who hosts the same shift in Melbourne on Nova 100, will also tackle Brisbane and Adelaide mornings, with local breaks during his 9am to 1pm show.
As a result, Burns replaces Nova 106.9 Brisbane morning presenter, Katie Mattin, who will move to afternoons, which, according to The Courier-Mail, leaves Tim Wong-See in search of a new gig.
At Nova 91.9 Adelaide, Burns replaces morning host Cale Porter. Insiders tell us that Porter is to remain with Nova to cover a weekend shift.
Radio Today also understands that no changes are to happen in Perth, where current morning host, Ross Wallman, is expected to remain on-air.
There is a third and final key personnel change at Nova 91.9 Adelaide, hopefully rounding out the end of year shuffle.
Multiple sources have told Radio Today that Dave Shearer, Nova 91.9’s much-loved PD since 2012, has “amicably” parted ways with the network, effective immediately.
We’re told Nova 100 PD, Rohan Brown, will oversee both brekkie and the Adelaide station, from Melbourne.
NOVA Entertainment has been contacted for comment.