According to Sunday Herald Sun’s Fiona Byrne, Kate’s absence from the drive show has been planned in advance to give her a short spell after filming Australia’s Got Talent for Seven. Kate is due to return on August 29.
A Nova spokeswoman told the paper on Friday that Kate, Tim and Joel would return in 2023.
They are the number one show in Drive. I disagree with your assessment. I’m not a huge Kate Richie fan but she works well with the team and she is popular with listeners. She contributes to making it number one.
I think they only topped the survey once nationally but then Kate, Tim and Joel regained the top spot.
Fourth Radio Ratings 2022
Kate, Tim & Joel (4:00pm – 6:00pm) is the #1 Drive show nationally with 11.10% share and most listened to nationally with 1,547,300 listeners, while Fitzy & Wippa (6pm to 7pm) national hour has an 11.5% share and 733,400 cume – #1 and most listened to.
“You definitely caught us on a good day,” says Nova’s chief growth officer, Adam Johnson. “It’s one of those days that you really love your job because you can see that all of the hard work has translated into healthy numbers, so, everyone on the network is delighted with survey five.”
In this book, Nova was announced as Australia’s #1 FM network in share (9.7%) and cume (4,303,000) – 343,500. Another key highlight was the success of Nova’s Kate, Tim, and Joel and being titled the #1 national drive show in share (11.6&0 and cume (1.658,400).
The legal action has been mentioned in this thread before but there were more details in this Variety Australia article below. They clearly say it may not be related to his departure though.
‘Variety Australia’ revealed that that more than a dozen former employees are in the planning stages of a class action lawsuit against the company and have engaged Sydney-based firm WorkLawyers. They have alleged workplace misconduct including bullying, harassment and discrimination.
The lawyer preparing the potential suit – Kristian Bolwell – told ‘Variety Australia’ he had been approached by a number of ex-employees and is “assisting them to resolve their issues, potentially on a class basis”.
‘Variety Australia’ is not suggesting any wrongdoing by Jackson, Murdoch, Charlton, or any other Nova Entertainment executive and it is not yet clear who the allegations are being levied against.