Changes to NEWFM Breakfast lineup as Meg Alexander replaces Jade Leeder

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The Novos with Jade, Matty & Krivo on Newcastle’s NEWFM is no more, with Jade Leeder making a somewhat mysterious exit from the program.

Leeder, alongside co-hosts Matty Harrison and Mark Krivo, gave no indication the show was about to undergo changes when they went on survey break at the end of July.

When the show returned in August, however, it was briefly revealed Leeder would not be back.

“We do have some rather big news to share with you this morning, and I guess this is pretty big for us,” Harrison told listeners. “Jade, who has been our colleague for three years is no longer going to be on the show with us. We just wanted to thank Jade for the last three years. We’ve really built this show together. We’ve laughed together, we’ve cried together and everything in between.”

He said Leeder would be staying on with NEWFM, but did not reveal in what capacity.

“So we wish Jade all the best, and we move forward, of course.”

Jade, Matty & Krivo are no more 

In her place, is Megan Alexander, or ‘Meg’, transforming the show into The Novos with Matty, Meg & Krivo. 

Alexander previously worked for rival SCA as the Mornings announcer on Hit 106.9.

Sean Brown assumed that position in June, and at the time, it was unclear what Alexander might do next.

Leeder’s next move is not yet clear, and both she, and NEWFM management have been contacted for comment.

Leeder was previously an announcer on 98.1 Power FM in Musswelbrook and 94.9 Power FM in Nowra. She then became the NSW network music director at parent company Grant Broadcasters, before making the move to NEWFM at the tail end of 2017.

She joined the Breakfast team as an announcer in 2018.

Alexander, meanwhile, was an announcer at Cessnock’s 2CHR and joined SCA in Newcastle in 2015.

In the most recent Newcastle ratings, NEWFM had a 9.4% share overall, down 1.6 points. This put it behind SCA’s stations Triple M (18.7%) and Hit 106.9 (14.9%).

In Breakfast, The Novos with Jade, Matty & Krivo fell 1.2 points to 8.0%, behind Triple M’s Tanya Wilks and Steve Graham (20.0%) and Hit’s Jess & Ducko (13.5%). The syndicated Ebony & Bryce on triple j had a 13.9% share.

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Orcle
2 Sep 2021 - 1:19 pm

NewFM with the hire of the year!

Did SCA learn nothing from letting Kyle and Jackie O go?!

Don’t be surprised to see SCA’s share price drop with the impending mass exodus of listeners from NXFM (and some Triple M) to New FM.

Bonkers
2 Sep 2021 - 2:05 pm

Love this. Love Megs.

Megxcellent news
2 Sep 2021 - 2:37 pm

Not a more deserving person in Newcastle. Onya Meg!

Emmi
2 Sep 2021 - 3:04 pm

The best news ever! Congrats Meg!

Swamp Thang
2 Sep 2021 - 3:15 pm

Congratulations to The Nonas on the new appointment. I will listen when i can..but i prefer Kev on 2NUR-FM and the on this day segment

Jamie
2 Sep 2021 - 3:39 pm

Congrats Meg. Shows sounding great.

Big fan of Meg
2 Sep 2021 - 4:50 pm

A much better choice!

Happy Chap
3 Sep 2021 - 12:04 am

Great news, and the new sound is great! SCA’s loss is NEWFM’s gain and by the sounds of the show it was a much needed change. Cannot wait to hear where it goes.

@Orcle
3 Sep 2021 - 10:32 am

@Orcle While this is a great move from New FM, you have lost your mind if you think this will have any type of major impact on the business or on local SCA stations.

Craig
3 Sep 2021 - 1:34 pm

I’ll will miss Jade .Have listened to the new team I find Meg is too loud and takes over matty and crevo early days we will see

Peach
3 Sep 2021 - 2:49 pm

Going to miss jade! She always brightened up my mornings.

Intrigued
3 Sep 2021 - 3:36 pm

That’s radio/media/life for you. For a person to be welcomed into a position, it often is at the expense of another.

Will those who have made comment care to comment again and share why they’re so glad to no longer hear Jade on breakfast?

No concerns in congratulating Megan, more curious as to the ‘glee’ in Jade no longer there/much needed change/better choice etc.

We’re all human and if it can happen to Jade, it can happen to those reading/commenting/replacing.

Baffled
3 Sep 2021 - 6:13 pm

Interesting that “listeners” have found their way to an industry website.

Congratulations Meg!

Penny
4 Sep 2021 - 12:10 pm

I searched for this article as I wanted to know what happened to jade. She was wonderful and I’ll miss hearing her! Good luck Jade and hope to “see” you around soon.

Newy James
4 Sep 2021 - 12:56 pm

Jade will be missed. She came across as a genuine person that always made us smile and laugh. Something commercial radio lacks is genuineness and she had loads.

Thank you, all the best.

James and Hannah

Matt
4 Sep 2021 - 1:40 pm

WTF Jade was the only reason I listened to the show?!?
Can someone please tell me what station she is going too?

Nathan Martin
4 Sep 2021 - 3:17 pm

I can’t believe this! I strongly believe that Jade was the only reason people were listening to the novos!
Well goodbye newfm, can’t wait to see what made does next. She truly is an awesome radio personality. Your loss newfm and the novos….

Concerned
4 Sep 2021 - 3:49 pm

So sad to hear Jade is moving on. She was the greatest asset to the team. It was always a delight to hear Jade every morning.

Sorry not a positive move.

Matt
4 Sep 2021 - 4:11 pm

Why do you remove comments about Jade?? She was the best thing your station had.

Loveless
4 Sep 2021 - 4:20 pm

Noo… i love Jade, she was the best part of the show.

Doug Enron
5 Sep 2021 - 9:29 am

It really is for the people who want it the most isn’t it. Day in day out with a smile. Just at a pure tone level, that voice. Congrats !

Anon Hehe
7 Sep 2021 - 2:29 pm

How fun is anonymously commenting on radio articles pretending to be listeners

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