The Australian Film Television and Radio School and ABC Radio have announced a new scholarship of $14,500 to be awarded each year for the next three years to develop Australian radio talent, with a focus on diversity.
The scholarship has been adapted from an existing, long-standing bequest to AFTRS from the late ABC broadcaster Selwyn Speight, who was the first executive producer of flagship Radio Current Affairs program AM.
SBS Radio has partnered with the Australian Film Television & Radio School, focusing on developing bilingual Australian radio talent through a Graduate Diploma in Radio 2017 scholarship.
An Australian first, the initiative aims to expand and enrich AFTRS’ student community by recognising an outstanding radio student, selected on the basis of merit from eligible students across several language groups.
The Community Radio Partner of the Western Sydney Wanderers has broadcast rights to cover all Wanderers teams in the A-League, W-League, Youth League and NSW Premier League competitions, encouraging the next generation of sports broadcasters.
NEXT has been designed from the ground up by the students as their final broadcast assignment of the year.
The class has worked with more than 50 industry specialists throughout the year to learn everything they need to know to be job ready.
NEXT is a showcase of their talents and the format has been conceived following a blue sky session with Cherie Romaro and a thorough examination of the data to identify a gap in the Sydney market with Ann-Maree Nolan from ratings company GfK.