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NOVA Entertainment is an Australian entertainment company which operates commercial radio networks in metropolitan and regional areas of Australia and associated digital brands.
NOVA Entertainment was formed in early 1996 under the name DMG Radio Australia, followed later in the year with the A$46M acquisition of 85% of the Broadcast Media group of regional stations. This was shortly followed by FIVEaa on 26 September 1996. The founding Chairman and CEO were Charlie Cox and Paul Thompson respectively. The company grew rapidly to over 64 radio stations across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia under the Star FM, Hot FM, Nova and Vega (now Smooth) brands.
In September 2004, DMG Radio Australia sold most of its regional radio stations to Macquarie Bank, keeping only Hot 91 Sunshine Coast (later sold in early 2005) and Star 104.5 in Gosford, which they still own and operate.
In April 2009, DMG Radio Australia launched two new digital radio stations: NovaNation, a 24/7 digital dance station and Koffee, a chillout music station. These stations were launched as part of the introduction of DAB+ digital broadcasting in Australia's major state capital cities. On 24 December 2013, NovaNation and Koffee both ceased broadcasting as DAB+ stations. Koffee was rebranded to smooth Chill with a chill easy listening format and NovaNation cease broadcasting online by mid-2016.
On Friday 12 March 2010 Vega rebranded with the name Classic Rock to counteract similar stations Gold 104.3, WSFM and Triple M (2MMM and 3MMM). Nova Entertainment announced the change to Vega's brand as the stations had struggled towards the bottom of the ratings ladder in both Sydney and Melbourne. In building these new stations DMG Radio needed a "simple, focused music concept that would appeal to the 35-54 audience," according to CEO Cathy O'Connor. The stations later became 91.5 FM in Melbourne and 95.3 FM in Sydney.
In December 2013, DMG Radio Australia launched a 24-hour Australian pay television music channel, Smooth available via Foxtel satellite and cable services. The pay television music channel extends from the smoothfm radio brand. It was shut down on 30 June 2020.
In February 2014, DMG Radio Australia rebranded under the name Nova Entertainment to reflect the company's increasingly diversified interests in radio and the media and entertainment industries. The new company name has been developed to encapsulate both the pride and heritage of the company’s original and successful FM launch brand, Nova, with its recent evolution into the broader media and entertainment space.
NOVA Entertainment owns two national radio networks with a presence across Australia through terrestrial, digital and online.
The Nova Network is a commercial radio network with an adult contemporary format. Each station has its own local Breakfast show with daytime, drive and night shifts networked across all stations.
|Nova 96.9||2SYD||96.9 MHz
|Sydney, New South Wales||Adult Contemporary|
|Nova 100||3MEL||100.3 MHz
|Melbourne, Victoria||Adult Contemporary|
|Nova 106.9||4BNE||106.9 MHz
|Brisbane, Queensland||Adult Contemporary|
|Nova 93.7||6PER||93.7 MHz
|Perth, Western Australia||Adult Contemporary||Joint venture with Australian Radio Network|
|Nova 91.9||5ADL||91.9 MHz
|Adelaide, South Australia||Adult Contemporary|
|Nova 10s||N/A||DAB+||Sydney, New South Wales||10s music|
|Nova 90s||N/A||DAB+||Brisbane, Queensland||90s music|
|Nova Noughties||N/A||DAB+||Melbourne, Victoria||00s music|
|Nova Throwbacks||N/A||DAB+||Melbourne, Victoria||70s & 80s music|
smoothfm is a commercial radio network originally launched in 2012. Since February 14 2020 the network's primary format is Hot-Adult Contemporary providing feel good and dance music.
|smooth 95.3||2PTV||95.3 MHz
|Sydney, New South Wales||Easy listening||Formerly branded as Vega 95.3 (2005-10) & Classic Rock 95.3 (2010-12)|
|smooth 91.5||3PTV||91.5 MHz
|Melbourne, Victoria||Easy listening||Formerly branded as Vega 91.5 (2005-10) & Classic Rock 91.5 (2010-12)|
|smooth Brisbane||N/A||DAB+||Brisbane, Queensland||Easy listening|
|smooth Perth||N/A||DAB+||Perth, Western Australia||Easy listening|
|smooth Adelaide||N/A||DAB+||Adelaide, South Australia||Easy listening|
|smooth Chill||N/A||DAB+||All capital cities and regional cities (except WA)||Chill|
|smooth Relax||N/A||DAB+||All capital cities and regional cities (except WA)||Easy listening|
|smooth 80s||N/A||Online only||N/A||Easy listening (80s)|
|smooth 90s||N/A||DAB+||Adeleaide, South Australia||Easy listening (90s)|
|Coles Radio||N/A||DAB+||All capital cities and regional cities (and Coles stores)||Adult Contemporary||Branded station for Coles Supermarkets|
|Star 104.5||2GOS||104.5 MHz FM
|Central Coast, New South Wales||Adult contemporary||Previously part of the Star FM radio network (now Hit Network)|
|FIVEaa||5AA||1395 kHz AM
|Adeleaide, South Australia||Talkback radio||Shares some resources with Nine Radio stations, including news and sport (primarily Australian Rules football).|
|97.3 FM||4BFM||97.3 MHz FM
|Brisbane, Queensland||Hot adult contemporary||Joint venture with the Australian Radio Network|
- nova.fm, online news, music & lifestyle portal
- smooth.com.au, online news, music & lifestyle portal
- fiveaa.com.au, online news portal
- star1045.com.au, online news, music & lifestyle portal
NovaNation was a 24/7 dance music radio station that broadcast on DAB+ and online. It was marketed as Australia's first 'digital' dance station in an effort to differentiate itself from its analog competitors.
Early in 2013, NovaNation was removed in Adelaide and Perth and replaced by a DAB+ syndication of smoothfm. It was removed in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on the 24th of December 2013 and replaced by Coles Radio. The station was accessible online until mid-2016, when it ceased streaming. The NovaNation brand is still used for weekend content on the NovaFM stations.
Foxtel Smooth was an 18-hour pay television music channel (time-shared with Foxtel Arts) available via Foxtel satellite and cable services. It launched on 3 December 2013, dedicated to easy listening adult contemporary music. The channel ceased broadcasting on 30 June 2020.
GOAT was a pop culture, news and entertainment website aimed at a millennial audience. It has been dormant since 2018.
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