Nova Adelaide’s Ben & Liam take over Melbourne breakfast; add Belle Jackson as co-host

Nova Entertainment has unveiled the new Melbourne breakfast lineup, as Ben Harvey and Liam Stapleton, with their long-time producer Belle Jackson, take over with new show, Ben, Liam & Belle.

The current Nova Melbourne breakfast lineup, Chrissie, Sam & Browny, will wrap up on 2 December. Nova confirmed yesterday that Chrissie Swan will host her own show in 2023.

Ben & Liam joined Adelaide’s Nova 919 breakfast show in 2020. Prior to that, they were hosts of Triple J’s breakfast show for three years.

Ben, Liam & Belle will continue to have a presence in Adelaide, hosting a local early breakfast show from 6am to 7am. Nova said it will reveal the new Adelaide breakfast show shortly.

The duo’s Adelaide show saw an upward trend in shares in the latest GFK radio ratings for the market, despite dominating positions of ABC Adelaide and FIVEaa in breakfast.

Head of programming for the Nova 96.9, Nova 919 and national shows, Ben Latimer, said: “We knew that Ben & Liam were talented radio broadcasters and had great potential when they joined the Nova Network three years ago. They had built an incredible following during their time as Triple J’s national breakfast show before moving to Nova 919 in Adelaide, with their long-time producer Belle.

“Over the past few years, proud Melbournian Belle has taken a more prominent role on-air and, combined with Ben & Liam’s chemistry, compelling stories and quick humour, the breakfast show has delivered outstanding results in a short time. We can’t wait to share their unique show with Melbourne listeners.”

Harvey said: “Melbourne has Australia’s most competitive radio market and we are looking forward to proving ourselves against some of the biggest shows in the country.”Stapleton said: “We’re so stoked to be dropping the ‘producer’ part from producer Belle’s title. She’s done the hard yards with us for the last five years and we can’t wait to have her on-air more. Belle moved from Melbourne to Sydney, to Adelaide and back to Melbourne for the show. We introduced her to our hometown and now she’s going to return the favour.”

Jackson said: “I can’t wait to return to Melbourne after five long but incredible years away and, while coming back home is exciting, to be doing it on-air alongside Ben and Liam is a dream come true.


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