Nova restructures team in Sydney as Shaun Heron departs

Shaun Heron has departed from the company after two years as program director for Nova 96.9

•  Former smoothfm program director Peter Clay promoted as head of programs for Nova 96.9
•  Former EP of Fitzy & Wippa, Sarah McGilvray, named program director for Nova 96.9

Nova Entertainment has announced a number of key programming appointments in a restructure of the Nova and smooth programming team in Sydney.

Shaun Heron, Nova 96.9’s program director, has made the decision to depart the company. Having spent over five years with the business, three as Nova 96.9’s integration and marketing director and two years as program director, Heron has made a significant contribution to the station including taking it to its highest cumulative result to-date. With Shaun’s departure, an opportunity has been created to review the structure across programming in Sydney.

Nova Entertainment head of programs Peter Clay

Nova Entertainment head of programs Peter Clay

Peter Clay, smoothfm’s program director, has been promoted to the newly created role of head of programs for Nova 96.9 and the smoothfm network. With over 25 years’ experience in media, Clay joined Nova Entertainment in 2011 to oversee Network Special Projects. In 2014, he was promoted as smoothfm program director. During his time in the role, Clay has lead the smoothfm 95.3 team to five #1 books in Sydney and record cumulative listener results in Sydney and Melbourne.

smoothfm program director Georgie Page

smoothfm program director Georgie Page

As a result, Georgie Page, network special projects, has been appointed as smoothfm’s new program director. Page has spent over six years with Nova Entertainment as national night’s producer, national drive producer and Fitzy & Wippa breakfast producer. In December 2014, Page took up her current role with smoothfm, working closely with the station’s high profile weekend announcers and celebrity guest shows.

Nova 96.9 program director Sarah McGilvray

Nova 96.9 program director Sarah McGilvray

Sarah McGilvray has been promoted to Nova 96.9’s program director. With over 11 years’ media experience, Sarah was a producer for the Ray Hadley morning Show, spent two years as executive producer for Kyle and Jackie O and one year as senior producer on the Today Show. In July 2011 she returned to Nova and spent the next four years as executive producer for Fitzy & Wippa. After a brief stint as executive producer for Triple M’s Drive show, McGilvray returned to Nova 96.9 in January 2016 as assistant program director and to play a key on air with Fitzy & Wippa.

Brendan Taylor will remain as group programming operations director and will also take on the new role of head of commercial integration for the Nova and smoothfm networks. Taylor joined Nova Entertainment in 2008 and has held various key programming roles with multiple stations around the country, including four years as Nova 96.9’s program director, before taking up his current role in December 2014.

Paul Jackson

Nova Entertainment’s group program director Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson, Nova Entertainment’s group program director said, “It’s a testament to the strength of Nova and smooth that all our promotions are internal. I’m delighted for Pete Clay and especially proud of the achievements of Georgie and Sarah leading Sydney programming.”

The restructure of the Nova and smoothfm programming team and the promotion of several very experienced individuals, with an intimate knowledge of our brands and the radio industry, will put the company in a strong position for further growth in market moving into 2017.

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