Ed Sheeran, the world’s biggest artist, will kick off 2017 for NOVA Entertainment with a Nova’s Red Room performance live from the Sydney Opera House, with this special event also broadcast on the Nova Network, on Tuesday 7 February.

With contesting for this special ‘money can’t buy’ experience starting today, this comes off the back of the announcement of Sheeran’s forthcoming third album ÷ (pronounced divide) which is set for release on 3 March and is available for pre-order now.

Tony Thomas, NOVA Entertainment’s Chief Marketing & Digital Officer said:

“We finished 2016 with an incredible performance from Coldplay in Nova’s Red Room, and we’re kicking off 2017 just as big with Ed Sheeran performing again in Nova’s Red Room, but this time in one of the world’s most iconic locations at the Sydney Opera House. Once again, we’re so proud to be able to provide Nova listeners with another incredible, exclusive music experience.”

In one of his first and biggest live international shows this year, Ed Sheeran returns to Nova’s Red Room following his impressive performance in Dublin, as the headline artist for Nova’s Red Room Global Tour 2015. Listeners at home can also experience this exclusive event with the Nova Network broadcasting the gig from 9pm AESDT.

Sheeran is one of the world’s most talented singer/songwriters. He made history in Australia by being the first artist to debut two new singles, Shape of You and Castle On The Hill, at #1 and #2 on the ARIA singles charts. They amassed over 748,000 combined streams in the first 48 hours of release (breaking Australian streaming records) and are sitting at #1 and #2 respectively on the Australian iTunes singles charts.

The multiple Grammy and Brit Award winning artist has released two number one studio albums and performed to sold out audiences around the world. His debut album + was certified six times platinum in the UK and included the award winning smash hit The A Team. His second album X scored a Brit Award for Album of the Year while the single Thinking Out Loud earned him two Grammy Awards.

In another Nova’s Red Room ‘money can’t buy experience’ listeners have the chance to see Ed Sheeran perform at the Sydney Opera House, a venue he’s always wanted to play at. Listeners can only win their way to Nova’s Red Room by listening to Nova for the nominated Ed Sheeran track in breakfast, across the day, during the Kate, Tim & Marty drive show and in Smallzy’s Surgery from Monday 16 January.

Nova’s Red Room is Australia’s premier intimate live music experience that provides fans with a money can’t buy experience with the world’s biggest artists. Established in 2012, Nova’s Red Room works closely with record labels and promoters and has seen over 120 artists perform including Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Usher and Sam Smith. In 2014 Nova’s Red Room Global Tour made its debut, taking NOVA Entertainment’s live music brand international with shows in the US, followed by a second tour to London, Dublin and Dubai in 2015 and last year Manchester and London.

Nova’s Red Room with Ed Sheeran live from Sydney Opera House on Tuesday 7 February with the performance broadcast on the Nova Network from 9pm.


Nova Entertainment has appointed Stephanie Loupelis as head of commercial partnerships within the national Create team and Marie Lacey as Melbourne group sales manager.

With over 10 years’ sales experience, Loupelis joined Nova Entertainment in March 2014 as Melbourne agency group sales manager and has managed the commercialisation of the company’s most ambitious commercial partnerships and integrated campaigns.

Loupelis has previously held management positions at MTV Networks Australia and Ignite Media Brands.

Lacey will join the team as group sales manager, replacing Loupelis in the Melbourne sales team. She will be responsible for the leadership and management of various key Melbourne media agencies and sales growth across the Nova Entertainment portfolio.

Lacey has over 10 years experience in media and joins Nova Entertainment from the Bauer Media Group, where she has held the position of group sales manager for the past five years.



NOVA Entertainment is launching a refreshed Nova brand, the first in over six years, on Friday 3 February. The brand will have a reinvigorated look and feel to reflect Nova’s passion to provide the freshest music and highlight the power of live entertainment. The refresh will also reflect Nova’s commitment to brightening listeners’ lives and staying in touch with the vibe of each local city.

Tony Thomas, NOVA Entertainment’s Chief Marketing & Digital Officer said:

“The Nova brand has always been considered one of the strongest media brands in Australia and the launch of the refreshed Nova brand will ensure Nova’s image is showcased in a modern, energetic and dynamic way well into the future. Great brands continually evolve and it’s exciting to be able build on the love for the Nova brand by our listeners from a position of strength into 2017 and beyond.”

Nova’s refreshed vision will extend across all touch points from on-air programming, new mobile apps (including Apple Carplay) desktop, mobile sites and social platforms and across all signage, merchandise and street teams. The brand refresh will be supported by an extensive marketing and national media campaign across TV, OOH, social and consumer and trade media from 5 February.

The OOH creative will showcase Nova’s strong line up of on-air talent and fundamental to this launch will be Nova’s music-led TVC, shot by Kontented in Sydney, LA and London. The TVC is dedicated to reflecting Nova’s connection and passion for music, featuring some of the world’s biggest international and local artists including Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Chris Martin, Niall Horan, Little Mix and Illy.

The TVC is testament to Nova’s commitment to bringing the freshest hits and the biggest live music experiences, through Nova’s Red Room, to listeners around the country. Since launching in 2012 Nova’s Red Room has become one of Australia’s most successful live music brands, with over 120 live performances from the world’s biggest international and local artists including Coldplay, Taylor Swift, Usher and Sam Smith. The recently announced Nova’s Red Room with Ed Sheeran live from Sydney Opera House is also the first major initiative supporting the refresh, with the gig held at an iconic local Sydney site on 7 February. The event will be broadcast on the Nova Network from 9pm that night to allow listeners at home to experience this special performance.

Since the Nova Network launched in 2001, the brand has built a highly engaged audience, diversified across multiple platforms and created innovative client solutions based on deep audience connections.

The last brand update was in 2011. More recently NOVA Entertainment invested in a significant brand study to provide more insight than ever before and put Nova in a position to further develop its strong audience connection now and for the future.

Nova’s reinvigorated look and feel in 2017 is designed to continue to ensure Nova’s image remains the dominate radio brand for the under 40 audience. The new Nova design reflects the evolution of the brand into a fun, dynamic and energetic network that is broadly appealing right across the country. The new look and feel for the Nova Network will be revealed on Friday 3 February with the TVC released on Sunday 5 February and Nova’s Red Room with Ed Sheeran live from the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday 7 February


Video courtesy: Renato Farias



NOVA Entertainment partners with global podcast platform Acast

NOVA Entertainment has a major new partnership with Stockholm based technology company Acast designed to leverage the growing popularity of podcasts in Australia.

Nova will become a launch content partner for Acast in Australia and will launch a portfolio of podcasts including show content as well as original productions in non-radio categories currently in development. Nova will also launch Podquest to provide opportunities for new and emerging audio content creators through grants of financial assistance and access to Nova’s production facilities.

Acast is the world’s leading technology platform for on-demand and podcasting. The company is developing top innovations in audio ad tech including pre and mid-roll content and analytics. Nova will also provide advertisers with the opportunity to commission native content within podcasts tailored to an advertisers needs.

Cathy O’Connor, NOVA Entertainment’s CEO said:

“Australia is increasingly becoming a nation of podcasters and the podcasting medium provides new opportunities for advertisers to connect with defined audiences. Acast is a global best practice provider of podcasting tech and together we aim to educate the Australian market on the unique opportunities podcasting provides to advertisers”

Acast CEO and Co-Founder Mans Ulvestam said:

“We are very excited to be partnering with NOVA Entertainment to launch Acast Australia and the Nova podcast network. Expanding to Australia is a natural fit for Acast. It’s a really exciting time for the audio and podcast market here and we will bring our expertise and data to help accelerate that growth.”

Cathy O’Connor said, “The partnership with Acast is a good demonstration of NOVA Entertainment’s multi-platform strategy, leveraging our skill in audio production beyond broadcast radio to new platforms and audiences.”

Nova Podcast is available now with podcasts accessible through NOVA Entertainment’s digital and mobile platforms and Acast.

More details will be available on Podquest in the coming weeks.


Canadian pop star Alessia Cara will be the latest artist to perform live in Nova’s Red Room in Melbourne on Monday 27 February.

Cara made her debut in May 2015 with the hit single Here which was recognised as one of the top 20 pop songs for summer by Billboard and ranked 21 in Rolling Stone’s 50 best songs for 2015. Six months later Cara released her debut album Know It All. Having won a Juno and SOCAN Award for Breakthrough Artist of the year, in 2016 she released the single’s Scars to Your Beautiful and Wild Things and is currently receiving airplay with How Far I’ll Go which appears on the soundtrack for the Disney film Moana. Cara made her TV debut in 2015 on The Tonight Show Starring Jim Fallon and in February this year performed on Saturday Night Live.

Alessia Cara will perform to an invite-only audience in Melbourne, with listeners only able to win their way to the latest Red Room by tuning in to Nova or by registering at

Nova’s Red Room is Australia’s premier intimate live music experience that provides fans with a money can’t buy experience with the world’s biggest artists. Established in 2012, Nova’s Red Room works closely with record labels and promoters and has seen over 140 artists perform including Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher and Sam Smith. In 2014 Nova’s Red Room Global Tour made its debut, taking NOVA Entertainment’s live music brand international with shows in the US, followed by a second tour to London, Dublin and Dubai in 2015 and last year Manchester and London.

Nova’s Red Room performances can be viewed at


A great IV with Kent Small, from Smallsy’s Surgery.

Smallsy’s Life



Nova 106.9 launched a new show this Sunday 5 March unlike anything else on air.

“Meet the Marshalls” will broadcast on Nova Brisbane every Sunday, live, from 7am - 9am, and features NRL great Benji Marshall and his accomplished broadcaster, and self-confessed oversharing wife, Zoe.

“Meet the Marshalls” is described as a voyeuristic look at an unconventional marriage, and will reveal more about the glamourous couple than has ever been heard before.

Married for four years, Zoe and Benji have just moved to Brisbane for Benji’s contract with the Broncos.

The pair have stressed this isn’t a sports show but rather a candid glimpse into their marriage and lives.

And with the pair having not established the boundaries of what they will and won’t say on air, “Meet the Marshalls” promises listeners real, raw, funny and possibly awkward radio.

“They say opposites attract which is perfectly true for Benj and I; as he is fiercely private and I’m an open book,” Zoe said.

“I know Benj is going to say repeatedly on Sunday “that’s a no-go zone for me”, but I have always been a ‘do things in the moment and figure it as you go’ kind of girl, but we always have fun and I know Benj always has my back.”

Jay Walkerden, Nova 106.9 General Manager and Program Director said:

“It’s a bold move for these pair to go in to the studio and invite listeners into their lives every Sunday.

“Everyone at Nova is excited to Meet the Marshalls, because we know we are going to discover that there is much more to Beni than brilliant football, and Zoe is someone listeners are going to love because she is funny and fearless.”

Meet the Marshalls kicks off this Sunday 5th March at 7am - 9am.


Nova 100 continues its partnership with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for the 12th consecutive year, from Wednesday 29 March.

Nova 100’s Chrissie, Sam & Browny will hold a live outside broadcast on 29 March from 6am at the Melbourne Town Hall (Lower Town Hall).

Listeners can join the team, as they officially celebrate the launch of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, with some of the best comedians on the circuit including Tom Gleeson, Joel Creasey, Dave O’Neil, Nazeem Hussain, Luke McGregor, Dilruk Jayasinha, Danny McGinlay, Karl Chandler, Troy Kinne, Nick Cody, Judith Lucy and Denise Scott.

Showcasing over 30 comedy shows, Chrissie, Sam & Browny breakfast show will also chat to some of the biggest and most interesting comedians throughout the Festival.

Peter Colosimo, Nova Entertainment’s Melbourne general manager, said:

“We love this time of year and are delighted to again partner with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. This partnership is one of our most rewarding and longstanding relationships and gives us the opportunity to provide listeners and clients access to some of the most talented, established and up and coming comedians around the country.”

Nova 100 and ahm health insurance will present the Hits & Giggles comedy gala event, featuring some of Australia’s freshest new comic talent, on Saturday 8 April at The Forum Theatre from 5pm. Guests can win tickets to this exclusive event only by heading to or listening to Nova 100.

For the first time Nova will launch the Comedy Kombi, to take comedy to the streets. Nova’s Comedy Kombi will put on free pop-up comedy gigs in suburbs throughout Melbourne.

Greg Burns, Nova 100’s morning announcer, will appear alongside two top international comedians for Best of the Edinburgh Fest at the Forum Theatre and Melbourne Town Hall.

Friday Funnies (but not always on a Friday) will see Nova 100 roll out intimate and exclusive standup shows for key agencies and clients throughout April, delivering a unique and comedic take on the standard office drinks.

Throughout the Festival, Nova will feature ticket giveaways to the hottest and most exciting shows on the circuit and will cover the festival extensively online with reviews, highlights and videos, pop-up comedy and interviews. All content will be available on



Two cities, one prize on Nova stations


Grammy Award-winning Lorde is the latest artist to appear in Nova’s Red Room.

Melodrama Live – Lorde in Nova’s Red Room, Presented by Optus will be held in Sydney on Thursday July 6.

This will be the first chance for Australian fans to see Lorde perform a selection of songs from her new album “Melodrama” as well as her hits. Guests will experience one of the most intimate and exclusive shows Lorde will play all year.

Melodrama Live – Lorde in Nova’s Red Room, Presented by Optus will be the first opportunity to see Lorde since she last played in Australia in 2014.

Nova listeners can win their invitation to the exclusive event with a winner announced daily in Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty drive show. There will also be additional chance to win in Smallzy’s Surgery.

Optus customers will also have the opportunity to score an invite to the performance via registering their details at Optus customers can also listen to Lorde data-free on selected mobile plans and music streaming services.

Nova’s Red Room is Nova Entertainment’s premier intimate live music brand that provides fans with a money-can’t-buy experience with the world’s biggest artists. Established in 2012, Nova’s Red Room has seen over 140 artists perform including Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Usher and Coldplay.

In 2014 Nova’s Red Room Global Tour made its debut, taking Nova Entertainment’s live music platform international, with shows in the US followed by a second tour to London, Dublin and Dubai in 2015 and last year to Manchester and London.

Nova’s Red Room performances can be viewed at


Nova Entertainment has appointed Kane Reiken to the role of digital commercial director.

Reiken will be responsible for designing and mobilising the strategic plan for the commercialisation of Nova Entertainment’s digital audiences, brands and environments and maximise yield through product innovation and partnerships, to deliver revenue and category growth.

Peter Charlton, Nova Entertainment’s group commercial officer, said, “Kane has an outstanding track record and the ideal experience to help us in our ambition to deliver our clients market-leading digital advertising content solutions that engage with our rapidly growing digital audience. His passion for commercialising cross-platform campaigns and creating relevant and engaging digital advertising products makes him an ideal addition to our sales leadership team as we continue to create digitally led branded content.”

With over 15 years’ experience working with international digital and broadcast media corporations, Reiken has led mobile, video and social campaigns alongside digital projects, product innovation and sponsorship for clients including Disney, Netflix, Carlsberg, Pepsico, McDonald’s and Unilever.

Reiken joins Nova Entertainment from MailOnline where, over a two-year period, he was mobile product and innovation specialist in the UK and most recently head of product in Australia. Previously Reiken spent almost five years with OMD UK in various social media and mobile roles including two years as mobile associate director.

Reiken will report directly to Peter Charlton and will lead the digital team alongside Kate Day, national commercial strategy director, Nathan McCahon, head of digital strategy and Corinna Maloney, head of digital campaigns.


Nova Entertainment has appointed Jodie Williams music director for Nova in Sydney.

Williams joins the Nova Network from 949 Power FM in Nowra NSW, where she held the dual role of music director and announcer for over 12 months.

Previously she was music director and announcer at Zoo FM/2DU in Dubbo and prior to that Williams was held multiple roles, including announcer at 2LM/ZZZFM in Lismore.

Paul Jackson, Nova Entertainment’s group program director, said:

“We’re delighted to welcome Jodie to the Nova family. She joins a strong programming group around the country and I’m sure she’ll be a great addition to the team.”

Williams replaces Josh McCabe, who is returning to Perth to take up the role of music director for Nova 93.7.

Reporting to Paul Jackson, Williams will work alongside Scott Baker-Smith, the Nova network’s head of music. She will commence in the role on Monday 22 May.



Acclaimed Swedish singer-songwriter Zara Larsson will perform live at Nova’s Red Room (presented by NAB) in Sydney on July 27.

After the release of her debut EP Introducing in 2013, Larsson has gone on to collaborate with some of the biggest acts around the world including Tinie Tempah, David Guetta, Clean Bandit and WizKid.

Larsson’s latest single, ‘Don’t Let Me Be Yours’, which appears on 2017 studio album SO GOOD, was co-written alongside Ed Sheeran.

Artists that have performed in Nova’s Red Room both domestically and internationally include Taylor Swift, Madonna, Noah Cyrus, Diplo, Martin Garrix, and many more.

Listeners can win their invitation to the event by tuning in to Nova or registering at


Nova Entertainment will partner with Victoria Racing Club (VRC) for the 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival, showcasing AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, Kennedy Oaks Day and Emirates Stakes Day.

Nova 100 will be on site at The Park, Flemington’s free entertainment area for all Melbourne Cup Carnival ticket holders featuring live acts, DJs, food and drinks from some of Melbourne’s hottest restaurants and culinary destinations.

In the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Nova 100 will run a multilevel campaign featuring integrated breakfast promotions with Nova’s Chrissie, Sam & Browny, ticket giveaways to The Park, along with online content and contesting.

Kent “Smallzy” Small, host of Nova’s Smallzy’s Surgery national night show, will be on site hosting The Park main stage at Flemington. Smallzy’s Surgery listeners can also win a trip for two to Melbourne to attend a day out at the Melbourne Cup Carnival.






Nova 100’s Chrissie, Sam & Browny will kick off the festive season, with a special live broadcast from Federation Square, for their last show of the year on Friday 8 December from 6am.

Celebrating their second year on air, Chrissie, Sam & Browny will be joined by friends of the show Tony Martin, Bernie Vince, Tom Gleisner, Titus O’Reily and comedian Dave O’Neil.

Listeners are invited to head down to Federation Square, the mecca of all things Christmas, to join Chrissie, Sam & Browny for a morning jam packed with fun and laughter. Over the past two weeks, fans of the show have had a chance to win a VIP spot at the broadcast.

Sam Pang does not find jokes funny hence his counterparts, Chrissie and Browny, challenged Melbourne to deliver the ultimate joke to make Sam laugh. To increase the incentive to find the joke that cracks Sam’s tough exterior, Richmond Skoda came on board to give away a car for the segment “Jokes Aren’t Funny”.

Unfortunately, this did not improve the standard with months of awful knock knock, walk into a bar and dad jokes…until yesterday when Harry finally forced a chuckle out of Sam Pang. On Friday morning the team will hand over the keys to the 18 year old who had previously tried out several jokes on the comedian without success until a thermometer joke finally got the laughs.

Chrissie, Sam & Browny will celebrate the magic of Christmas in the heart of the City, Federation Square, for their Last Show of the Year. Listeners can join the team at their outside broadcast, tune into Nova 100 or check out the team’s Instagram from 6am to experience all the fun this Friday morning. Chrissie, Sam & Browny will return on Monday 22 January from 6am.