Alan Cantwell (newsreader)

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Alan Cantwell
Born Alan Cantwell
1968 (age 46–47)
Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland
Ethnicity Irish
Occupation Journalist, presenter, newsreader
Years active 1985-present
Notable credit(s) TV3 News
Spouse(s) Denise Cantwell
Children Two

Alan Cantwell (born 1968) is an Irish journalist, presenter and newsreader, best known as the former anchor of TV3 News at 5.30 and later the 5.30 .[1]


Cantwell began his broadcasting career at the age of seventeen working in pirate radio in Dublin. He spent a number of years working with Capitol Radio under the pseudonym of Dave Carney.[2] He later joined legitimate radio when he moved to Clare FM in the early 1990s. He spent five years here as head of news and current affairs. He subsequently became editor-in-chief of the Irish News Network (INN) in Dublin. He later joined 98FM as host of a popular late-night chat show.[3]

In 1998 Cantwell joined TV3 when the new station launched in September that year. Since then he has been the station's lead male newsreader. When TV3 launched Midday in 2008, Cantwell was included as one of the presenters along with Colette Fitzpatrick and Martin King. His stint in this role proved controversial and earned him the nickname "Alan Rantwell"; he was dropped from the programme after just a year as presenter. His removal was part of a wider shake-up of the programme.[4]

In May 2011, Cantwell fronted TV3's television coverage of Queen Elizabeth II's visit to the Republic of Ireland.[5]

In November 2012, he was startled live on air by a loud noise which visibly shook him.[6]

In November it was announced that Cantwell is to leave TV3 on January 4, 2013.[7][8]

Cantwell subsequently resigned from his position as TV3 newsanchor on 4 January 2013.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Cantwell is married and has two daughters.[10]


  1. ^ "Alan Cantwell". The TV Room +. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Friends for life: Alan Cantwell and John Keogh". The Sunday Tribune. 15 January 2006. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "In tune with the banner". The Clare Champion. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Cantwell axed from Midday as all-woman line-up steals show". Evening Herald. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Keane, Kevin (14 May 2011). "Broadcasters roll out big guns for visit". Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Video: Alan Cantwell startled live on Vinny B last night". 28 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
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  10. ^ "Alan Cantwell Story" (PDF). Aspect Photography. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 

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