UTV Ireland announced at their station preview presentation yesterday, at the Marker Hotel, that veteran national broadcaster Pat Kenny will join their ranks in a capacity which is still yet to be confirmed.
Pat Kenny has a wealth of experience across a multitude of programme genres and broadcast mediums. Having being a near constant presence on national television since the mid 1980’s he is best remembered for his residency as presenter of the Late Late Show from 1999-2009.
In 2013 Pat Kenny decided to depart RTE after a 41 year tenure as host across various television & radio programming and signed a contract with Newstalk to host their radio current affairs slot. His departure from RTE was met with surprise across both the industry and general public alike, and his announcement to join UTV Ireland will surely be recognised as a statement of intent from UTV Ireland to become a major player in the national broadcasting role.
Speculation is rife currently as to what style of show Pat Kenny will be involved with. Having a varied career he is best known for his work in public interest, current affairs & political broadcasting and something of that nature is sure to be the most suggested as UTV Ireland look to take share from RTE & TV3. The question is will a current affairs or political commentary style fit the station’s profile? Alternatively if it’s an entertainment show à la Late Late, it may be overkill given their announcement that they have the Graham Norton & Jonathan Ross shows. We’ll just have to watch this space….