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Chrissie Swan announces surprising career move: 'Fresh challenge'

Not long after Kate Ritchie revealed that she will be taking a break from radio, fellow Nova presenters Chrissie Swan, Sam Pang and Jonathan ‘Browny’ Brown have announced that they won’t be continuing their popular breakfast show in 2023.

The ACRA award-winning trio, who have hosted Chrissie, Sam & Browny on Nova 100 for the past seven years, shared the news in a joint statement on Friday morning, with their final show taking place on Friday 2 December.

Sam Pang, Chrissie Swan and Jonathan ‘Browny’ Brown.
Chrissie Swan, Sam Pang and Jonathan ‘Browny’ Brown won’t be continuing their popular breakfast show Chrissie, Sam & Browny in 2023. Photo: Nova

“I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved professionally and personally since we first met in 2015 - especially the last few years as we all kept each other afloat during the pandemic,” Chrissie said.

“I’m thrilled to now put a bow on the absolute gift of the Chrissie, Sam & Browny experience and am looking forward to a new adventure with Nova.”

While she did not specify what she will be doing next, Nova’s statement teased that she will “take on a fresh challenge in a new role” with the network and “further details will be revealed shortly”.

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Chrissie first began working in breakfast radio 20 years ago after she came second on Big Brother, and in 2022 her TV career reached new heights.

In addition to hosting her own show Would I Lie To You? on Channel Ten, the 48-year-old also appeared as a guessing panellist on the fourth season of The Masked Singer and spent several weeks filling in for Carrie Bickmore on The Project.

Chrissie Swan.
Chrissie will ‘take on a fresh challenge in a new role’ with Nova next year. Photo: Channel Ten

‘It has been a wonderful experience’

Meanwhile, Have You Been Paying Attention? star Sam Pang said he is looking forward to sleeping in after leaving breakfast radio.

“It’s been a privilege doing breakfast radio in my hometown,” he said. "I’ve loved my time at Nova and I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the show over the past seven years.

“I would especially like to thank the listeners for their support. It has been a wonderful experience. I’ve made some life-long friends and feel very lucky to have worked with such an amazing team.”

Former AFL star Jonathan Brown also reflected on his time working at Nova and thanked listeners for tuning in.

“When the opportunity presented itself to work alongside Chrissie, Sam and Deano seven years ago it cemented my family’s decision to make the move to Melbourne and start a new chapter post-footy,” he said.

“I’ve shared some life-changing moments with our listeners and the team have become like family to me. I’m grateful to the Nova family and our listeners for the opportunities in both Brisbane and Melbourne over the past 17 years and finish up feeling proud of what we’ve created together.”

Nova Entertainment CEO Peter Charlton thanked the trio for their time on breakfast radio, describing them as “talented broadcasters with a unique chemistry that has seen them engage with and endear themselves to their listeners”.

“We are so proud of the success they have achieved over the past seven years,” he added. “They’re leaving at the top of their game and we wish them well for what comes next for them, both inside and outside of NOVA Entertainment.”

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