Exclusive: Pat Kenny and UTV Ireland 'part company'
Published 10/12/2015 | 17:01
PAT KENNY will no longer be working with UTV Ireland.
Independent.ie has learned that the two parties have jointly decided not to proceed with any further broadcasting projects.
Mary Curtis, Head of Channel, UTV Ireland said: “We were delighted that Pat was part of the UTV Ireland in the launch year and we look forward to working with Pat again, if suitable opportunities arise.”
In The Round, which saw Pat interview a different guest each week in the Mansion House, ran for five episodes earlier this year.
However, UTV Ireland announced in October that the show would not return for a second season and said they were "discussing future projects" with Pat.
"I was very disappointed. I thought it was a good show, but I don't know the reasons [why it was cancelled]. Things work in mysterious ways," he said at the time.
The show's ratings varied - an average of 150,000 people tuned in for his chat with Tyrone football manager Mickey Harte, but just 66,000 watched his interview with astronaut Chris Hadfield.
Mr Kenny said today he “very much enjoyed working on the In The Round series earlier in the year, but was now preparing for a very busy pre-election period ahead on radio with Newstalk, and looking forward to new challenges for the 2016 season on the TV front.”
He added “I would also like to wish Mary and her team the very best for the continued growth of UTV Ireland as a valuable domestic addition to a very competitive television marketplace.”