Tuesday 25 April 2017

Anton Savage quits Today FM after bitter row with management over show

Broadcaster Anton Savage
Broadcaster Anton Savage
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Broadcaster Anton Savage has left his morning show on Today FM in an acrimonious parting of ways with the station.

Yesterday evening, he released a surprise statement on his Twitter account confirming that he was leaving the station amid reports of a disagreement with management.

The presenter said that his objectives for the show and those held by the new management "diverged greatly", prompting the decision to move.

He said that when he started the programme 22 months ago, working with a "brilliant bunch of people", they were told the objective was to create a great show and retain 65pc or more of the previous audience.

He described the task of doing that as "fun, challenging and collegiate", but it became apparent that his plans for the show and those held by management differed hugely.

"We disagreed on a move to set music quotas, we disagreed on significant changes to the playlist, we disagreed on topics for discussion on format, on choice of contributors and we disagreed on the choice of certain guests. It led to a situation where we have parted ways," he said.

He said that he was "hugely disappointed" not to be continuing to work with his team on the show and his fellow colleagues in Today FM, who he said were "supportive and helpful".

"I am particularly disappointed not to be able to continue the relationship we had developed with the people who wrote to us each week, who told us their problems, their hopes, their funny stories, who texted each day and who listened in homes, offices, cars and trucks around the country. I'd have loved to be allowed to tell them goodbye," he said.

The broadcaster ended the statement by wishing his team and staff well in the future.

He is now expected to concentrate fully on his company, The Communications Clinic, while also continuing his presenting work with TV3. Alison Curtis will fill in next week.

Commenting on the presenter's departure Today FM wished him well and said they did not renew Anton Savage's contract, given that it was due to end next month.

Irish Independent

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