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Malcolm Long's new role as AFTRS Director.

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Malcolm Long's new role as AFTRS Director

The Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, today announced the appointment of Mr Malcolm Long as the new Director of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), effective from 3 March 2003.

'Mr Long's business acumen and experience in the film and television industry will ensure AFTRS remains one of Australia's premier training institutions for people with demonstrated creative potential, ability and commitment,' Senator Kemp said.

'He brings to AFTRS extensive experience of both public and private enterprise, and a deep appreciation of the wide range of issues in the production industry, broadcasting, digital communications and new media, both in Australia and overseas.'

'It is an exciting challenge to be able to lead the School at this time. I believe AFTRS, by fostering exceptional talent, can be a key player in securing Australia's cultural and economic future,' Mr Long said.

'Film, television and radio have played an important role in reflecting our diverse experiences and building our unique identity as Australians. This is the great tradition that AFTRS can draw on as we enter the digital age.'

Senator Kemp thanked Mr Rod Bishop for his hard work and commitment to AFTRS as Director over the last seven years.

'He has worked to position the School so it can make the successful transition to training in digital media, ensuring students learn with the most up-to-date technology in use throughout the broadcasting industries,' he said.

Chairman of AFTRS, Mr Danny Gilbert said the position of Director required a person with industry credibility, the ability to foster excellence from staff and students and who understands the pivotal role AFTRS plays in film, television and radio in Australia.

'Malcolm Long is an outstanding appointment who fulfils all these requirements and we are very lucky to have him,' he said.

Mr Long is currently the Managing Director of Malcolm Long Associates Pty Ltd, a media and communications consultancy company. He was formerly Managing Director of the Special Broadcasting Service Corporation from 1993 to 1997, and Deputy Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from 1991 to 1993.

The AFTRS, funded by the Commonwealth Government, is the national centre for professional education and advanced training in film, television and radio. It aims to

recognise and develop new and emerging talent, and to provide industry professionals with opportunities to gain additional skills and to assist them in their creative and professional development.

CANBERRA: 7 February 2003

Media contact: Richard Wise, 02 6277 7350 or 0438 204 554