Sunday 22 April 2018

Mark Cagney says rumours he's leaving Ireland AM are 'complete and utter tripe'

Anna Daly and Mark Cagney
Anna Daly and Mark Cagney
Sinead Desmond and Mark Cagney at TV3's Autumn 2016 launch at The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

TV3's Mark Cagney has described as "complete and utter tripe" reports that he's due to quit Ireland AM after 18 years at the helm of the flagship show.

He said that he's baffled as to the origin of the report and said that as far as he's concerned, he will be remaining on the couch of the early morning programme for the foreseeable future.

"It's total rubbish. I'm not going anywhere any time soon," he said.

The long-term presenter (61) said that in fact, his three-year contract is up for renewal later this year and there will be negotiations with station bosses in due course.

Sinead Desmond and Alan Hughes, Mark Cagney and Anna Daly (right)
Sinead Desmond and Alan Hughes, Mark Cagney and Anna Daly (right)

Mark added that despite going through a raft of changes, the show's audience is up 6pc year on year and "flying it".

"Despite the upheaval of the last year, the show's doing great. There was a lot of noise in the digital sphere but the programme wasn't affected and the figures speak for themselves," he said.

Ciara Doherty pictured at the TV3 Sony HD Studio with Sinead Desmond,Mark Cagney and Alan Hughes
Ciara Doherty pictured at the TV3 Sony HD Studio with Sinead Desmond,Mark Cagney and Alan Hughes

His former co-presenter Sinead Desmond suddenly quit the show last October after 11 years working at the station and Ciara Doherty has been filling in.

Mark added that the newly-wed Donegal woman is hitting all the right notes with viewers of the show, adding: "Ciara is playing a blinder, the audience love her."

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