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Sunday 18 November 2018

Veteran communications consultant Tom Savage dies aged 76

Tom Savage
Tom Savage
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THE veteran communications consultant Tom Savage has died aged 76.

Mr Savage, a former Catholic priest, went on to have a hugely influential career in media, consulting and PR.

He was employed by RTÉ for a number of years and was the chairman of the RTÉ Authority until 2014.

He was chairman when the broadcaster endured one of its worst crises following the controversial and defamatory Mission to Prey programme that featured on Prime Time.

Tom Savage presents Eye Witness: Civil Right Campaign Caledon (courtesy of RTE Archives)
Tom Savage presents Eye Witness: Civil Right Campaign Caledon (courtesy of RTE Archives)

He worked on RTÉ’s 'It Says in the Papers', and was the founder-producer of Morning Ireland.]

Mr Savage also went on to present shows on RTÉ television, such as For Better or For Worse and Eye Witness

Today, Director-General Dee Forbes ,released a statement, paying tribute to him.

"This morning we heard the sad news of Tom Savage's passing after a short illness. Tom's life and career intertwined with RTÉ over many years, as a reporter, producer, editor, presenter and ultimately as Chairman," she said.

"He loved and had a passion for broadcasting, radio in particular, and beyond news and politics he was also huge sports fan. On behalf of RTÉ, I would like pass on all our condolences to Terry and Anton and his extended family. May he rest in peace."

During his career he also worked for several publications including the Institute of Public Administration’s Public Affairs and the Irish Medical Organisation’s Irish Medical News.

After his tenure ended in 2014 and he was succeeded by Moya Doherty, Mr Savage set up the Communications Clinic with his wife, Terry Prone, and their son, former Today FM broadcaster Anton Savage, in 2008.

The Clinic had a number of high-profile clients and continues to advise corporate and political figures from Rory McIlroy to Fine Gael, on media management and corporate strategy.

A few months ago, his wife Terry Prone took over that role in the business.

Mr Savage and his wife were among the select few chosen to sit in the audience for the 50th anniversary for The Late Late Show.

It's understood Mr Savage had been ill for short period of time, but his death was sudden and not expected.

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