TODAY FM has announced that Anton Savage will take over Ray D'Arcy's mid-morning slot on the station, it has been announced.
Ray D'Arcy announced last year that he was leaving the commercial station to return to RTE.
The station said the 'The Anton Savage Show' will feature the best of Irish and international guests, live music and a new level of engagement with the station's listeners and their views.
Since 2011, he’s hosted Savage Sunday from 11-1pm on Sundays. He spent last year presenting the current affairs hour of Ireland AM and anchored the show during its transition to HD.
Speaking about his appointment, Anton said “Today FM has an extremely loyal listenership, so it’s a great honour to be given the task of picking up the huge audience Ian hands over at nine.
"I’ve hosted in that time-slot before, so I think I’ve a sense of what the listeners want. It’s the start of something new and the team and I have big plans for this show. We want to hold onto as many of the current audience as possible and over time, welcome some new listeners into the Today FM family."
Peter McPartlin, CEO of Today FM commented “We’ve had great interest in this role and have spent the last couple of weeks assessing a shortlist of candidates who we believe will hold and attract a new national audience to mid mornings on Today FM.
"Anton has proven himself to be a highly versatile broadcaster and, most importantly, a firm favourite with our listeners."
RTE confirmed that Ray D'Arcy would be joining Radio One in the mid-afternoon, broadcasting during the slot Derek Mooney has left vacant.