The AFL is pleased to announce AFL matches will continue to be broadcast to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the country for the next two years under a new partnership with McGuire Media and the National Indigenous Radio Service AFL Broadcast.
In conjunction with RMIT, McGuire Media have formed new pathways enabling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, along with other media students in RMIT media courses to gain real industry experience in AFL radio production.
The two-year program is aimed at providing increased opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students along with other media students, and former AFL players to enter AFL broadcasting in both commentary and game day production roles.
AFL General Manager Inclusion and Social Policy Tanya Hosch said the new two-year partnership will help provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and former players increased opportunity in the media landscape.
“The NIRS has been broadcasting AFL matches to Indigenous communities across the country for over 20 years, and the new partnership with McGuire Media, in conjunction with RMIT, is a step forward in providing increased opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait students,” Ms. Hosch said.
“This is an important step in addressing the need and value for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be represented across our football media landscape.
“Real industry experiences is invaluable when learning about the media landscape and the AFL is pleased McGuire Media and the NIRS are continuing to invest in Indigenous pathways and providing increased opportunities for both students and former AFL players.”
McGuire Media chairman Eddie McGuire said:
“McGuire Media is delighted to form a partnership with RMIT, NIRS AFL Broadcast and the AFL to create a world first pathway program for Indigenous footballers and students who dream of a career in broadcast media.”
“Some of the greatest personalities and heroes in AFL history have been Indigenous players, and while there have been niche positions within media, we hope to prepare the next generation of qualified, experienced and dynamic media performers and professions, both on and off air.”