Nova Entertainment names Mary Datoc as network managing editor

Nova Entertainment has appointed Mary Datoc as network managing editor, in a role that will see her join the programming leadership team.

Datoc returns to Nova Entertainment for the job, after previously working closely with current head of programming Peter Clay on the launch of Smoothfm in 2012.

In her new role as network managing editor, Datoc will be based in Sydney and oversee the enhancement, growth and evolution of programming content for Nova 96.9 and the Smooth Network.

Nova Entertainment head of programming, Peter Clay, & network managing editor, Mary Datoc

Datoc has over 25 years experience in the media and entertainment industry, including ten years in senior roles with Channel V, consulting for MTV based in Seoul, and stints with M&C Saatchi and the Italian Food and Wine Festival.

Datoc said:  “I’m enjoying a warm welcome from the Nova and smooth teams and after many years away it’s like coming home. I started my radio journey with Peter Clay, joined the smooth team for the early years and have gone full circle to now.

“After spending years in music television in Australia and Asia, a stint in events and advertising, returning to radio is exciting. Nova and smooth are such loved stations I’m so proud to be part of the special team behind it all.”

In addition, Nova Entertainment has appointed Michael McPhee as announcer/operations manager at Nova 96.9. He heads to Sydney from Nova’s regional station Star 104.5 on the NSW Central Coast.

He will be responsible for the programming operational aspects for Nova 96.9, the Nova network shows as well as his role as announcer.

Nova 96.9 announcer/operations manager Michael McPhee


Head of programming, Peter Clay, said: “I couldn’t be happier to have Mary re-join the team in a role that will assist me across both brands and play a major part in all programming decisions moving forward.

“Michael has proven his talent during his time with Star 104.5, came highly recommended by Shayne Sinclair Star 104.5 Program Director and is a great example of the opportunity for career development within the business.

“We are always wanting to surround ourselves with the best people in the industry, so it is with great pleasure that I welcome Mary and Michael to these pivotal roles in programming, and to the Nova and smooth family.”

Datoc and McPhee will both report to Nova head of programming, Peter Clay.

The appointments follow four leadership appointments across its Nova’s Melbourne team, with changes across the Agency Sales, Create and Digital Audio functions.


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