Wednesday 6 May 2015

Anton Savage leaving Ireland AM after securing own TV3 show

Published 22/08/2014 | 13:24

Ireland AM presenters, from right, Anton Savage, Anna Daly, Mark Cagney, Alan Hughes, Sinead Desmond, and Aidan Cooney, on the new set of TV3 morning show, Ireland AM. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Ireland AM presenters, from right, Anton Savage, Anna Daly, Mark Cagney, Alan Hughes, Sinead Desmond, and Aidan Cooney, on the new set of TV3 morning show, Ireland AM. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Anton Savage

Broadcaster Anton Savage has left Ireland AM after landing his own show on TV3.

The radio and TV personality had become a regular on the sofa of the early morning programme over the past year after joining forces with Sinead Desmond and co.

Last year saw him confirmed as one of the new additions to the popular show at TV3’s Autumn launch after being drafted into the early slot to discuss the breaking news stories of that day.

He had also been filling in for Mark Cagney over the summer months while the flagship anchor underwent back surgery.

But we can reveal how Savage has now left the popular programme, which marks its 15th anniversary next month.

An inside source said that now that Cagney has returned to the programme full-time, Anton’s role on the show was being rested – but he may return to fill on from time to time.

He also used to present the spin-off version of the Apprentice, where he interviewed the latest contestant to be given the boot.

However, she said he still had a “big future” with TV3 and has nabbed his own programme with the Ballymount station.

The show is expected to be included as one of the highlights in the station’s schedule launch, which will be unveiled next Wednesday August 27.

“He had been filling in while Mark was away over the summer but he’s back now. Anton will be brought back if we need him to fill in as he did a great job but he’s got his own programme now,” she said. “He has a bright future ahead of him with the station.”

As well as being a regular on our small screens, Savage anchors his own show with Today AM on Sunday mornings and also fills in for Matt Cooper on his drive-time programme.

The most recent JNLR ratings show his Savage Sunday programme had an impressive jump in 16,000 listeners from last year, now commanding a listenership of 93,000.

However, Anton recently said that his broadcasting career and is only a part-time gig and his bread and butter comes from the company he runs with his parents, the Communications Clinic.

“The radio and TV works around that. A lot of what we do is training people for presentations or preparing people for job interviews,” he said.

Speaking about his future, he said: “I think it’s very hard in TV or radio to say, ‘Next year, I’ll do such and such.’ You have to wait and see what’s offered, what opportunities come up.

“But that’s the advantage of having a couple of things going at once – you’re not under pressure to have one that’s permanent and pensionable.

“You just have to hope that they don’t all go bang at the same time!”

mfinn@herald.ie

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