Just days after Nova confirmed that its breakfast show with Chrissy Swan, Sam Pang and Jonathan Brown ended after seven years, their new hosts have been announced.
From January 2023, Melbourne’s popular Nova 100 will be led by broadcasters Ben Harvey and Liam Stapleton, who currently lead the same timeslot on Nova 919 in Adelaide.
The duo will be joined by their longtime producer Belle Jackson and the show will be titled Ben, Liam and Belle.
The news was revealed on both stations this morning.
“We are all so grateful to be able to wake up with the people of Melbourne every day – we love this city and can’t wait to call it home. Melbourne has the most competitive radio market in Australia and we look forward to playing some of the biggest shows in the country,” said Harvey.
It comes after Nova announced that the Chrissy, Sam and Brownie show was coming to an end this year, which sent shockwaves through the industry given the trio’s continued ratings success.
However, it was revealed on Thursday that Swan is staying with the Nova family and will be hosting his own national radio show from January 2023 called The Chrissy Swan Showon air on weekdays from 14:00 to 16:00.
“It was a dream come true to be part of the Nova breakfast show in Melbourne and interact with our listeners,” Swan said in a statement.
“I have accomplished a lot professionally and personally in the last seven years and I am thrilled to take this new opportunity to reach new audiences across the country in this brand new time slot.”
Elsewhere Pang, who stars in Channel 10 Did you pay attention? confirmed that he was leaving the Nova network.
“I enjoyed spending time at Nova and would like to thank everyone who has been on the show over the past seven years,” said Pang. “I especially want to thank the listeners for their support. It was a wonderful experience. I made friends for life, and I’m very lucky to work with such a great team.”
And AFL legend Brownie said he would continue his role with the Fox Footy team.
Meanwhile, Harvey and Stapleton’s move to the Melbourne show comes after a ten-year partnership between the pair, who first teamed up for Adelaide’s public station Fresh 92.7.
But their popularity skyrocketed after they switched to Triple J in 2016, where their breakfast show garnered record-breaking ratings for a youth station.
They have been hosting the Nova 919 in Adelaide since 2020.
Ben Latimer, Head of Programming for Nova 96.9, Nova 919 and National Show, said he was delighted with their appointment.
“We knew that Ben and Liam were talented radio hosts with great potential when they joined Nova Network three years ago. They garnered an incredible audience during their performance as National Breakfast Triple J before moving to Nova 919 in Adelaide with their longtime producer Belle,” said Latimer.
“Over the past few years, the proud Melbourne beauty has taken on a more prominent role on the air and, combined with Ben and Liam’s chemistry, compelling stories and poignant humour, the breakfast show has produced outstanding results in a short amount of time. We can’t wait to share their unique show with listeners in Melbourne.”
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