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Connolly Leaving AFTRA

Feb 6, 2007  •  Post A Comment

After six years as head of AFTRA, John Connolly is switching unions.

Mr. Connolly will step down as national president of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in March to become national executive director of Actors’ Equity Association.

AFTRA Vice President Bob Edwards-host of “The Bob Edwards Show” on XM Radio-will assume Mr. Connolly’s duties. In April, the guild board will convene and confirm an appointee-likely Mr. Edwards-to serve as president for the remainder of Mr. Connolly’s term, which expires in July.

“The decision to step down as president of AFTRA was difficult and heart-wrenching,” Mr. Connolly said in a statement. “I will forever cherish the gift of trust AFTRA members shared with me in electing me their president three times. The remarkable truth about both Equity and AFTRA is that each union is prepared and poised for a brilliant future.”

Mr. Connolly was first elected in 2001 as president of AFTRA, a 70,000-member union that represents actors, newscasters, announcers, singers, dancers, comedians and other professionals who work across the media and entertainment industries in television, radio and commercials.

(Editor: Liff)