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Gene Kerrigan: Radio is a Savage world -- now Anton must prove he's tuned in

Today FM's new star is no stranger to politics, but he must be more than a cheerleader, writes Gene Kerrigan

Published 06/11/2011 | 05:00

Anton Savage
Anton Savage

It's a small world. And to an increasing extent it's a Savage world. Take Anton Savage, a genial young man who's about to replace Sam Smyth on Today FM's Sunday Supplement..

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It's getting hard to avoid Anton and his connections, had one a mind to try.

Some senators became agitated about Smyth's dismissal, suspicious of a link between that decision and the fact that Smyth is being sued for alleged libel by the station's owner, billionaire Denis O'Brien. Should a single piece of evidence ever emerge that a shareholder in a major radio station even attempted to speak to an executive on a matter involving his personal litigation against a member of staff, that would have severe regulatory consequences for the shareholder's media holdings.

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