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Seven head of sport Shtein exits

Jed Bews of the Cats is tackled by Daniel Rioli of the Tigers during the 2019 AFL Second Preliminary Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Geelong Cats (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Saul Shtein has left his role as head of sport at Australian commercial broadcaster Seven.

Shtein had spent 15 years at Seven and his departure comes after James Warburton was named chief executive of the broadcaster last month.

A Seven spokesperson confirmed Shtein’s departure to the TV Tonight website, adding that an announcement on the future of the role would be made in due course.

Reports in Australia have suggested that Shtein’s redundancy will be one of a number of other changes to be made at Seven following Warburton’s appointment.

Shtein previously worked at rival Australian broadcasters Nine and Fox Sports.

Seven holds rights to a number of sports properties, including the AFL Aussie rules football competition, the NFL American football league, limited-over cricket internationals and next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Last week it struck an agreement to show the new franchise-based International Swimming League and will broadcast all seven events on the inaugural calendar.