Friday 16 November 2018

Anton Savage announces he is leaving Today FM after dispute with management

Anton Savage
Anton Savage
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Broadcaster Anton Savage, one of Today FM’s biggest presenters, has just announced his decision to leave the station amid reports of a conflict with management.

He made the surprise announcement on his show’s Twitter account this afternoon, much to his listeners dismay.

The reason he gave for the move was that “my objectives for the show and the new management’s objectives for the show diverged greatly.”

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 that he was “hugely disappointed” not to be continuing to work with his team on the show and his fellow colleagues in other Today FM shows 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 all the staff well in the future.

He took over the 9-12pm slot almost two years ago, stepping in after Ray D’Arcy left Today FM to front an afternoon show for RTE Radio 1.

One of Ireland’s best-known presenters, he regularly fills in for staff on TV3 and also co-owns the Communications Clinic as well as writing a column for the Herald.

The news of his decision to quit the station came as a bombshell to his listeners, who were left deeply disappointed by the statement.

One listeners Tweeted saying: “Please say it’s not true. Christmas is cancelled!”

Commenting on the announcement, Keith McCormack, Chief Executive of Today FM, said: “Following a detailed review of the schedule, the station is in the process of refreshing its line-up and focus. As part of this we have decided that we will not renew Anton’s contract. I would like to thank Anton for his commitment and dedication to the station and I wish him the very best with his career.”

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