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Sacked Radio Boss Sues Nova FM For Breaching Employment Contract

Sacked radio boss sues Nova FM for breaching employment contract

Sacked radio boss Jay Walkerden is suing Nova FM for $216,316, claiming the station breached his employment contract.

He has filed a claim in the Brisbane District Court against top-rating Nova 106.9 Pty Ltd.

Walkerden argues he is owed the money as a result of the station failing to give him six-months notice when it sacked him in March.

Sacked radio boss paid huge salary

Walkerden worked for Nova for eight years when the station fired him.

He worked as the station’s Brisbane general manager and program director, and head of Nova’s podcasting.

According to court documents, Nova paid Walkerden $336,033 a year in addition to annual bonuses of up to $32,000 if the station reached number one.

The GfK survey placed Nova at number one on April 16.

Sacked as a result of alleged confrontation

Walkerden left the station after an alleged confrontation involving a male announcer on 106.9’s Ash, Kip, Luttsy & Susie breakfast show.

The alleged incident happened during a trip to California with the breakfast team in late February.

Wrongful dismissal

Walkerden’s total claim for $216,316 is made up of six months’ salary, plus $47,820 in long service leave and $480 in telephone allowances.

However, his lawyers have made an alternate claim for the same amount pleading wrongful dismissal if his claim for breach of contract fails.

Walkerden previously told The Courier Mail that he felt personally and professionally devastated by his dismissal.

“I am proud of the work, results and leadership demonstrated over nine fantastic years with Nova in Brisbane and have always acted with integrity and empathy with our on and off air teams and clients.”

Nova said it could not comment because it had not seen the claim.


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