Peter Charlton Grabs Reins at NOVA

NOVA Chief Commercial Officer Peter Charlton will succeed CEO Cathy O’Connor on 2 November 2020.

Ms O’Connor’s 18 year stint with the company included 12 years as CEO. She is leaving NOVA to take over as CEO of oOh!media Limited.

It has been a privilege to serve as CEO of NOVA Entertainment over the last 12 years,” Ms O’Connor said.

Leading one of the media industry’s most innovative companies, our team has successfully continued to create content our audiences love, reaching them through new and creative ways. Fresh leadership under Peter Charlton will see NOVA continue to deliver on its strategic objectives, bringing to the role with him a wealth of experience and insights.”

New NOVA CEO Peter Charlton

Mr Charlton has been Chief Commercial Officer for eight years and worked with NOVA Entertainment in various roles since August 2012. He has spent more than 20 years in the media industry, and has delivered sustained growth in revenue and revenue share throughout his time with the company.

Cathy has been a great leader of the NOVA team. NOVA Entertainment is the number one commercial radio network in Australia and is continuing to outperform the industry in a challenging time. I know she will do well in her new role,” said NOVA Entertainment Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch.

NOVA also announced today that Peter Colosimo will become Chief Operating Officer. Mr Colosimo has been with NOVA for seven years and has a deep understanding of the business.

Today’s appointments of Peter Charlton and Pete Colosimo reflect the depth of talent we have at NOVA Entertainment,” said Mr Murdoch.

Our ratings success this year has demonstrated the strength of NOVA and the creativity of all our team. Peter and Pete have the operational and commercial experience to accelerate that success and our growth.”


Peter Charlton has been NOVA Entertainment’s Chief Commercial Officer since May 2018. He joined NOVA Entertainment in August 2012 as Group Sales Director, and has also held the role of Group Commercial Officer with NOVA Entertainment.

In that role he was responsible for NOVA Entertainment’s revenue generation across all platforms including radio, digital, podcasting, and events, delivering sustained growth in revenue and revenue share during this time.

NOVA Entertainment is an Australian entertainment company with broad interests across the media industry. NOVA Entertainment is wholly owned by Illyria Nominees Television, a private investment company of Lachlan Murdoch.

The company began with the acquisition of its first FM license in 2000 which became Nova 96.9 in Sydney. From there the Nova radio network was built across metropolitan Australia with stations in Melbourne (Nova 100), Brisbane (Nova 106.9), Adelaide (Nova 919) and Perth (Nova 93.7), and is the number 1 metro radio network in the country.