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Nova host Jarrod Walsh breaks down in tears after being made redundant

Nova announced on Tuesday that at least four staff members were being sacked in response to the COVID-19 recession.

And one of those employees was Nova Adelaide’s afternoon presenter and sports anchor Jarrod Walsh.

Jarrod reacted to news of his redundancy on social media, sharing a tearful video in which he reflected on his 16-year career at the network.








Sad: Nova FM host Jarrod Walsh reacted to news of his redundancy on social media on Thursday, sharing a tearful video in which he reflected on his 16-year career at the network

Sad: Nova FM host Jarrod Walsh reacted to news of his redundancy on social media on Thursday, sharing a tearful video in which he reflected on his 16-year career at the network

‘I was part of the start of Nova 919 in Adelaide, a new radio station, a new culture… that was 16 years ago. In September 2020, I have had my last day,’ he said.

‘I was one of a handful of good people who was made redundant from the radio station.

‘I was preparing myself mentally… but nothing can prepare you to hear those words.’ 

Emotional: 'I was part of the start of Nova 919 in Adelaide, a new radio station, a new culture… that was 16 years ago. In September 2020, I have had my last day,' Jarrod said

Emotional: ‘I was part of the start of Nova 919 in Adelaide, a new radio station, a new culture… that was 16 years ago. In September 2020, I have had my last day,’ Jarrod said

Jarrod broke down in tears as he reminisced about his time at Nova, and admitted he was feeling a mixture of ‘fear, relief and anxiety’ since hearing the news.

He added: ‘My hands have been randomly shaking for the past couple of days.

‘I haven’t really been given the opportunity to say farewell and thank you on the air so I’m going to do that here and I’m going to try and hold it together.’

Family: Jarrod paid tribute to his wife, Gabrielle (right), and their daughter, Rayne (centre), and then thanked his listeners for 'riding this journey with me'

Family: Jarrod paid tribute to his wife, Gabrielle (right), and their daughter, Rayne (centre), and then thanked his listeners for ‘riding this journey with me’

Jarrod paid tribute to his wife, Gabrielle, and their daughter, Rayne, and then thanked his loyal listeners for ‘riding this journey with me’.

Despite being made redundant, he said that he ‘couldn’t speak more highly’ of Nova.

He also shared some happy family news: he and Gabrielle will be welcoming another daughter in January.

Congratulations! He also shared some happy family news: he and Gabrielle will be welcoming another daughter in January

Congratulations! He also shared some happy family news: he and Gabrielle will be welcoming another daughter in January

Jarrod will continue to work as an MC for major sporting events around South Australia, reports Adelaide Now.

Fellow radio presenter Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald, who started his career in Adelaide and now hosts Nova’s Fitzy and Wippa breakfast show in Sydney, also offered his support on Twitter.

’16 years Walshy, day 1 of Nova 91.9. Have no doubt you’ll be back mate, always room for someone to drive a Casanova van into a power line. Always here,’ he wrote. 

Pals: Ryan 'Fitzy' Fitzgerald (pictured), who started his career in Adelaide and now hosts Nova's Fitzy and Wippa breakfast show in Sydney, shared a touching tribute to Jarrod on Twitter

Pals: Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald (pictured), who started his career in Adelaide and now hosts Nova’s Fitzy and Wippa breakfast show in Sydney, shared a touching tribute to Jarrod on Twitter

'No doubt you'll be back mate': Fitzy gave his old colleague some reassuring words on Twitter

‘No doubt you’ll be back mate’: Fitzy gave his old colleague some reassuring words on Twitter

Jarrod began his career at Nova 919 Adelaide in 2004 hosting the night show, before eventually transitioning to the afternoon time slot.

His emotional update came after Radio Today confirmed that Nova had decided to cut local workdays in Brisbane and Adelaide.

This change will also see Nova Brisbane hosts Katie Mattin and Jack Tree, and Nova Adelaide announcer Rosie Panetta depart the business or be redeployed.

Trooper: Jarrod began his career at Nova 919 Adelaide in 2004 hosting the night show, before eventually transitioning to the afternoon time slot

Trooper: Jarrod began his career at Nova 919 Adelaide in 2004 hosting the night show, before eventually transitioning to the afternoon time slot 

The presenters were reportedly notified of the changes on Friday after their shifts.

Nova’s programming and marketing boss, Paul Jackson, told Radio Today the network had been forced to ‘review’ its business as a result of the pandemic.

‘It’s been a tough time for all media industries during COVID and as a result we’ve reviewed every aspect of our business, including programming, to ensure we continue to deliver our listeners with the best content, announcers and shows, in the most efficient way,’ he said. 

Official word: Nova's programming and marketing boss, Paul Jackson (pictured), told Radio Today the network had been forced to 'review' its business as a result of the pandemic

Official word: Nova’s programming and marketing boss, Paul Jackson (pictured), told Radio Today the network had been forced to ‘review’ its business as a result of the pandemic

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