Ricki-Lee Coulter and Scott Dooley to join Merrick at Nova

Life after Merrick & Rosso and Kate Ritchie will consist of Merrick Watts, former ABC presenter Scott Dooley and singer Ricki-Lee Coulter, Nova has revealed.  

Nova Scott Dooley, Ricki-Lee Coulter Merrick WattsThe new trio will present Nova’s Sydney breakfast show along with an hour-long highlights show across the DMG station’s national network at 6pm every weekday.

Coulter rose to fame on Australian Idol five years ago while Dooley (left of picture) hosted Triple J’s national drive show. Nova revealed the ending of the Merrick & Watts pairing at the beginning of November.

Dean Buchanan, DMG’s group program director, said: “This is the most significant change since Nova launched on April 1, 2001. The new breakfast show will spearhead a complete regeneration for Nova.”

The move follows last month’s purchase of 50% of DMG by Lachlan Murdoch’s company Illyria.

Bank West has renewed its sponsorship of the breakfast show.

In Sydney, the show lags behind 2Day FM’s Kyle & Jackie O show in the ratings. The final set for the year are due out on Tuesday.


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