EXCLUSIVE: Seven’s Head of Sport Saul Shtein will depart the network after 15 years, following the AFL Grand Final next week.
“We’re very grateful for all his service over the last 15 years with the network,” a Seven spokesperson told TV Tonight.
“An announcement in regards to his replacement will be made in due course.”
Sources suggest his shock redundancy is one of several announcements to be made by newly-installed CEO James Warburton and comes despite AFL performing well for the network in a challenging ratings year.
Shtein has an impressive CV across some 40 years the industry, enjoying 17 years with Nine before 9 years at FOX Sports.
During his term at Seven he has overseen key events including AFL, multiple Olympics, Melbourne Cup and Australian Open events plus golf, rugby world cup, motor racing, yachting and more recently with Big Bash Cricket. During that time, broadcasting of Live events has undergone major technological and audience change, whilst Sports rights have increased dramatically.
“It’s a completely new world.,” he told TV Tonight in 2016. “In Athens we had basically the one channel to air,” he said. “So if events were occurring concurrently you would have to do one Live and replay the others.
“For Rio we will be Live with all three channels concurrently, plus we are Streaming up to 36 Live feeds, there’s Catch-up, and you can watch it on any device. You can see the coverage whether you’re out and about or in the office, on your PC, laptop, phone, iPad or tablet.
“It’s a completely new ball game.”
His departure comes ahead of Seven’s Cricket season and the Tokyo Olympics next July.