nova969dmg Radio Australia has today announced that Nova 969’s Tim “Rosso” Ross and Kate Ritchie will not be returning to the station in 2010.

David Borean, general manager of Nova 969 said “Tim has played a big part in the station since it launched in 2001.

“We thank him for his contribution in helping shape what the station is today. This is the end of an era as Tim moves on to other personal projects.”

After two years with Nova 969, Kate Ritchie will be returning to her true love – acting – in 2010.

“When Kate joined Nova 969 after 20 years on television, we knew that she wanted a new challenge.

“She was ready for a change from TV and wanted to add a new dimension to her already stellar career. She impressed listeners at what a natural talent she was on radio. Joining Nova 969 was an opportunity for Kate to build her personality beyond the small screen and was something she took to naturally.

“In her time at Nova, she’s proven to be a wonderful radio talent, adding a fresh spark to the breakfast team. The Nova family looks forward to watching her on the small screen next year and she will be an ongoing friend of dmg Radio Australia .”

Merrick Watts will return to Nova 969 as part of an exciting new show with details of the breakfast line up to be announced soon.