NOVA Entertainment creates whistleblower program for reporting misconduct

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NOVA Entertainment has launched a new whistleblower program for employees to report discrimination, bullying, harassment, offensive behaviour, fraud, illegal acts, corruption and other forms of misconduct.

NOVA said the Speak Up! program “is all about communication”.

“If you see, hear about, or are a victim of behaviour that falls short of the standards we set at NOVA, we want you to say something in a way that feels right for you,” the company said in an internal note to staff, seen by Radio Today. 

As part of the initiative, NOVA announced a new partnership with Your Call, an independent, confidential whistleblower service that will provide a new channel for reporting conduct and behaviour “that falls short of NOVA’s expected standards”.

NOVA said it must be committed to the highest standards of conduct and ethical behaviour, which is critical to its culture, values and the company’s long-term success.

In addition, NOVA has updated its Whistleblower and Equal Employment Opportunity policies.

NOVA Entertainment did not answer Radio Today’s question about whether the whistleblower program would be available to former employees, but issued the following statement.

“The Speak Up! initiative is a natural, evolutionary step in NOVA’s ongoing commitment to ensuring equal opportunity and a safe and supportive working environment for all employees,” a spokesperson said.

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Jessica Jones
21 May 2021 - 10:02 am

Too little too late from NOVA, so disappointing. They have to do something, for all the years good people have been treated badly by a senior member and then not heard. Just another way to protect this person so they continue on in their role. Wake up NOVA – leopards never change their spots.

21 May 2021 - 10:02 am

Well that line will be very busy ……………

21 May 2021 - 10:42 am

How hilarious. Too late Nova. Are you sure this is a good idea?? You’ll be inundated!

21 May 2021 - 11:26 am

Why is it taking so long to make the change? We all know the bloody story.

21 May 2021 - 1:09 pm

It’s well known throughout the industry who this person is. At what point do you stop protecting this person and start protecting your brand?

Former Employee
21 May 2021 - 1:34 pm

Damage control mode activated.

Can the executives who protected him – and stood by while staff had borderline breakdowns – also be held accountable by this whistleblower line?

21 May 2021 - 1:37 pm

Employees have already spoken up for 10 years and the dozens of people who were brave enough to put a face to their complaints are now suffering emotionally and financially because of it.

Unless he is held accountable, anything done now is purely for show.

Shame on you nova

21 May 2021 - 1:48 pm

This is literally incredible…. INCREDIBLE. There’s closing the stable door after the horse has bolted… and then there’s thinking about maybe building a stable, after the horse has been turned into glue.

Another Former Nova Employee
21 May 2021 - 1:50 pm

I can’t report things from 2018 can I?

21 May 2021 - 1:50 pm

This is almost laughable.

Read every exit interview letter at [retracted], that’s all the information you’d need.

Nobody would call because the minute you speak up your swipe card is disabled.

Not going away
21 May 2021 - 2:06 pm

The amount of human resources, legal fees, hush payments, redundancy payments and non productivity alone to manage this persons behavior would amount to tens of millions of dollars.

Given it’s obvious that all decisions made to date to protect this person have been based on $, isn’t it time.

Or do we need to start getting your paying advertisers to help change your tune

21 May 2021 - 2:15 pm

Who is protecting this person?

Yet another former Nova employee
21 May 2021 - 3:03 pm

When I complained a dozen years ago about bullying at Nova I was told “oh that’s just the way it is. You have to find a way to make it work.” and here’s a small pay rise to keep you happy.

21 May 2021 - 3:06 pm

As someone who works for Nova I’ve always been proud of working for this company. Today I’m no longer proud to work for Nova Entertainment. We don’t want token initiatives to make it look like you’re doing something – we want you to do the right thing and remove this person from the company.

OK then...
21 May 2021 - 3:19 pm

From what I can tell we have never had a problem with staff speaking up, the problem has been what NE has done with that information, and who they continue to protect.

This is a massive f#$k y%u to all staff, they treat us like idiots.

Ex staffer
21 May 2021 - 3:26 pm

How about you sit down with the men and women who used to work there and find out the truth and maybe then you’ll realize we’re not disgruntled about being forced out of there. We’re disgruntled because the person responsible for ruining our lives got a pay rise and additional responsibility. After knowing everything he has done

Truth Bomb
21 May 2021 - 3:57 pm

Having worked for this company for many years, I ended up giving up and leaving when nothing was done about the bullying and the horrendous behaviours of top and middle level management. I experienced bullying first hand and watched it happen to many others also.

A filthy, bullying culture is deeply engrained within every department of this business. It is rife at every level.

If you complain/raise your concerns, nothing is ever dealt with formally nor professionally. Too many great and talented people have had no choice but to leave Nova, and each and every former employee would have suffered great emotional and financial losses.

Fish rot from the head down as they saying goes.

21 May 2021 - 4:35 pm

This is hilarious. What about all the people that did speak up about him and got fired for it? There should be some sort of compensation for the stress and anxiety so many people have suffered at the hands of the unknown person that everyone knows the name of!

21 May 2021 - 5:15 pm

One of the problems with these whistleblower frameworks is that if you’re not confident with or don’t trust those who coordinate it, you are hampered if you proceed in a more comfortable way to deal with the inappropriate behaviour. Often, the framework demands you first confront the alleged abuser. Where you do not comply with their system, the CEO of your station, who you would think would be the ultimate stopgap in such situations, is advised you’re not willing to participate in the program and advised not to help you.

Look Out
24 May 2021 - 8:48 am

When are the other networks doing the same thing?

There are at least two male executives at my company who would cause many people to participate in a whistleblower program.

24 May 2021 - 12:43 pm

He should resign. But that would take selflessness. Launch an investigation Nova. And if you don’t or if you exclude ex employees from the investigation, this won’t stop.

24 May 2021 - 1:58 pm

Having a whistleblower program to receive complaints is one thing, acting and resolving the issues are a whole new ball game. In this industry where as long as your bull***t doesn’t exceed your talent, you pretty much can get away with anything.


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