NOVA Entertainment launches marketing campaigns for its new marquee shows


NOVA Entertainment has launched new marketing campaigns to celebrate big changes to two of the Nova Network’s marquee shows – the Nova Network’s national drive show and Nova 96.9’s Sydney breakfast show.

The roll-out started with a teaser campaign for the then-unannounced Nova 96.9 breakfast show, with the big news that Kate Ritchie would be joining Fitzy & Wippa.

Sydney audiences have been used to seeing Fitzy & Wippa and Kate Ritchie separately in various Nova campaigns over the years, so the new creative needed something striking to underscore the fact that Fitzy, Wippa and Kate would now be one team.

Creative agency The Hallway developed the dramatic visual concept where all three faces are merged together, taking inspiration from the cover art of Queen’s album The Miracle. This ran alongside a ‘Coming Soon’ message in the tease phase and then, post announcement, under the headline ‘A new face for breakfast radio’.

NOVA Entertainment’s Chief Growth Officer Adam Johnson says “There’s a category norm in radio show marketing, where we tend to have a fun image of the presenters to give a sense of the show itself, accompanied by the show name and a call-to-action.”

“With somebody as loved and recognisable as Kate Ritchie joining such an established and successful show as Fitzy & Wippa, we knew we had to do something in the announcement stage to make people sit-up and take notice to generate talkability. The image may be somewhat visually challenging, but it’s achieved its aim and we’re proud to have delivered something different to anything else in our sector.”

Jules Hall, CEO of The Hallway, says “Kate Ritchie joining Fitzy & Wippa on the breakfast show is huge for radio. Our job was to amplify the news which is a lot easier when you have brave clients willing to shake up category conventions. With the announcement out there, and Kate on air, we now get to enjoy an even more entertaining start to our days!”

Once the launch period for Fitzy & Wippa with Kate Ritchie is over, the campaign will move into a new phase with a more traditional radio image accompanied by the headline ‘Look who’s come to breakfast’, which will run across digital large format sites, impulse screens, transit megasides and showcase sides throughout Sydney.

As well as the new breakfast show line-up, NOVA has also just announced that Ricki-Lee will officially join the Nova Network’s national drive show.

‘Same, same but different’ was developed as the campaign line, accompanied by a new show image that brings to life the individual personalities of the presenters.

The campaign will run nationally across digital large format sites, impulse screens as well as transit megasides and showcase sides.

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15 Mar 2023 - 3:25 pm

I’m sorry- this is not a “brave” campaign. Honestly are we that devoid of a creative spark as an industry we have to out source a campaign with this end results.

Look who’s coming to breakfast. I hope no one paid for this because it’s the sort of bland marketing that is killing us as a medium.

15 Mar 2023 - 4:19 pm

Things are getting weird over at Nova because how could anyone seriously consider either Kate Ritchie or Joel Creasy to be good radio talent?

15 Mar 2023 - 9:47 pm

Kate who ?


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