[press release from The Lantern Group]

AFTRS Director of Radio Steve Ahern will leave the Australian Film Television and Radio School this month after 11 years with the organisation.

AFTRS Chairman Peter Ivany thanked Steve for the outstanding work he has done during his time at the helm of the Radio Division:

“In recent years Steve conducted a very successful series of digital radio training roadshows for all sectors of the radio industry, designed the state-of-the-art radio studios for our new AFTRS building, and taught many broadcasters the value of multi-platform content creation in this period of convergence.

“Steve was also responsible for a successful review of the Radio Division a few years ago, which positioned it for leadership within the radio industry, and has been a driving force behind the success of many radio personalities who have been trained at AFTRS. All at AFTRS thank him for his contribution to the future of Australian radio broadcasting and wish him well with his new ventures.”

Steve paid tribute to his colleagues as his departure from AFTRS was announced:

“A lot has been achieved in the past 11 years, but it could not have been done without the help of my Radio Division team Kim Rigby, Jen Oldershaw, Byron Webb, Melanie Withnall, Leanne Horrocks and Rebecca Ritchie.

"I thank them, and all my professional colleagues at AFTRS, for their support and friendship over the years. The Australian Film Television and Radio School is a magical place where people who love what they do share their passion with the up-and-coming generation. It has been a pleasure to work here.”

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