SCOOP: Ben Latimer joins Nova 96.9 as Program Director

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NOVA Entertainment announced Ben Latimer will join the Nova 96.9 team as Program Director, with Sarah McGilvray deciding to accept an on-air position with Fitzy & Wippa on her return from maternity leave.

With over 15 years’ experience, Ben has senior content management experience across multiple broadcast platforms. He joined NOVA Entertainment in July 2017 as smoothfm’s Program Director on a 12 month maternity contract.

“Ben has extensive programming experience and has done an outstanding job overseeing the smoothfm network. Following Sarah McGilvray’s decision to accept an on-air position with Fitzy & Wippa on her return from maternity leave and resign from her role as Program Director, Ben was the right person for the position,” Peter Clay, Head of Programming Nova 96.9 & smoothfm network said.

Prior to joining NOVA Entertainment, Ben was Head of On Demand at Foxtel Television Networks, where he has been responsible for all on demand content on the platform and overseeing editorial on all devices for almost three years.

Ben also has extensive media experience as the Group Program Manager for Max and smoothfm TV, which has allowed him to work with the smoothfm brand values and key stakeholders at NOVA Entertainment. He also has held various Executive Producer and Content Director roles in Sydney and Adelaide for the Australian Radio Network.

Sarah will depart for maternity leave in November and will return to the Fitzy & Wippa show in 2018. Peter Clay will oversee the smoothfm network until a replacement is announced.

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