Friday 23 March 2018

Revealed: The left-field choice to replace Ivan Yates on TV3's Sunday AM

Ian Noctor set to fill Ivan's shoes after his TV3 departure

Ivan Yates. Photo: Frank McGrath
Ivan Yates. Photo: Frank McGrath
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

Communications consultant and former head of News at Today FM, Ian Noctor, will replace Ivan Yates as the face of TV3’s Sunday AM.

The Waterford man will take over the morning show as Yates heads off on his round-the-world gap year with his wife, Deirdre.

Ian Noctor formerly presented a show on WLR FM for five years and is the former head of news at Today FM
Ian Noctor formerly presented a show on WLR FM for five years and is the former head of news at Today FM

Speaking to the Sunday Independent, Noctor said he was “buzzing” in the run-up to his first live show.

“I am 47 years of age and this is my first foray into television and — you can imagine when you are at this point in your life — you kind of think ‘aw yeah, what I have, I have now’, and then this came out of the blue and I’m thinking, ‘Jaysus this is brilliant’,” he laughed. “I’m really, really excited.”

On the prospect of filling Yates’s shoes, he said the broadcaster was “a larger than life character” but he added: “I have a personality of my own and I’m going to let it shine through, be as much myself as I can be, and not allow myself to get too nervous and hopefully the viewers will like it.”

Describing himself as “a bit of a nerd with a sense of humour” he said he has a keen love of politics and current affairs.

And on whether he would be as controversial as his predecessor, he said: “If somebody winds me up or if something comes to my mind that I feel is worth saying, I’ll absolutely say it. I wouldn’t be any sort of a shrinking violet.” 

In addition to Sunday AM, he will fill in for Mark Cagney for the month of August on Ireland AM.

Meanwhile, writing this weekend in his column in the Irish Independent, Yates said: “I’ve no preordained future plans, I’m just happy to roll the dice of life.”

Sunday AM airs at 9am on TV3 today, Ivan Yates’s last day. Ian Noctor will start on Sunday, July 10.

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