Saturday 28 November 2015

'Money had nothing to do with move to Newstalk' – Pat Kenny

Published 31/07/2013 | 18:55

Money was not the over-riding factor for broadcaster Pat Kenny’s choice to finish his 41-career with RTÉ and join commercial radio station Newstalk.

The 65-year-old, who was on a salary of over €950,000 in 2008, said RTÉ made a generous offer to him to remain at the national broadcaster but he declined.

“I had two offers on the table,” he told Newstalk.

“The money was not the over-riding factor at all. RTÉ made me a very generous offer to continue but I weighed it up, discussed it with the family and they detected the enthusiasm I had for fundamental change.”

Kenny said he is someone who likes to surprise himself sometimes.

“The easiest thing in the world would have been to stay put, everything in place, with a team that I’m familiar with whose skills and talents I recognised and appreciated,” he said.

“I could have cruised along but maybe I thought I should shape myself up.

“There probably won’t be another opportunity again to do something as dramatic is this,” he added.

Pat Kenny has previously hit headlines for his salary at the national broadcaster.

His pay packet dropped by almost €250,000 to €729,604 in 2009 after he left The Late Late Show.

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