Sunday 4 December 2016

Anton Savage: I'm open to taking over from Ivan Yates on Sunday AM

Eimear Rabbitt

Published 03/05/2016 | 08:04

Anton Savage
Anton Savage

He has made his mark on TV3 with stints on Ireland AM and the Seven O'Clock Show.

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Now Today FM star Anton Savage has admitted he may be open to taking over from ex-politician Ivan Yates when he steps down from his media duties in the coming months.

Sunday Am host Ivan Yates confirmed earlier this year that he will be quitting the weekend programme he co-hosts with Anna Daly when he heads off traveling with his wife this summer.

Radio host Anton said he would not "rule out" filling Ivan's boots on the morning programme

Ivan Yates. Photo: Frank McGrath
Ivan Yates. Photo: Frank McGrath

TV3 is on the lookout for someone new to fill the slot and confirmed that Saturday AM presenter Simon Delaney won't be taking on both shows.

"I do have a long relationship with TV3," Anton told the Herald.

"I had not considered it, but I used to do a current affairs slot on Ireland Am and I got on very well with Anna.

"So I would never say never and couldn't rule it out."

Newstalk presenter Ivan will leave Sunday Am in July and co-host Anna has said she was "devastated" to hear of his departure.

As well as filling in for Mark Cagney and taking on Ireland AM, Anton has presented regularly on TV3's The Seven O'Clock Show.

The Dublin presenter took over Ray D'Arcy's morning weekday show on Today FM in January 2015.

Last week's JNLR figures showed that Anton's programme had dropped by 8,000 listeners compared to three months earlier.

Anton said that the show - on air 14 months - was "still in transition" and the 18-month mark will give them a clearer picture of where they are at.

Herald

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