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'I wish Pat Kenny was doing two TV3 shows a week as it would be less work for me' - Vincent Browne

Eugene Masterson

Published 06/09/2016 | 13:28

Vincent Browne
Vincent Browne

Vincent Browne has denied any suggestion he snubbed TV3’s glamorous Autumn schedule launch after the station wooed Pat Kenny to present a new current affairs show.

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Browne, who is normally present at such TV3 bashes, told Independent.ie the legitimate personal reason he failed to turn up, but asked us not to report the specifics.

The veteran broadcaster was conspicuous by his absence at the launch in Dublin’s National Concert Hall last week, where most of the big names and presenters – including Pat Kenny – were present.

Browne will give up his Wednesday night slot to make way for Kenny and Colette Fitzpatrick to present a new current affairs programme.

Asked if he was annoyed by this, Browne retorted: “I’m very happy about not doing Wednesdays. I’d be even happier if Pat Kenny did Thursdays as well. It would be less work.”

He said he “does not care about limelight” if Kenny is taking some away, but he admitted both shows would be competing for guests.

Browne’s shows on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday will now be screened at an earlier time of 10.30pm.

TV3 bosses at the station are delighted with the Kenny coup.

“Pat’s gargantuan,” beams Andrew Hanlon, the stations’ Head of News and Current Affairs. “We have got Vincent Browne and Vincent’s doing a great job, but he’s doing a different thing to what I would call early peak current affairs.

“Vincent does a chat show that blends current affairs in with it. We wanted to do another format of current affairs and in that genre we thought there was only one go-to guy and that is what Pat does.”

Pat Kenny commented: “I’m really excited to be working with TV3. It’s only a work in progress at this point. We know what our ambition is, Wednesday night to be on the money, current affairs midweek.

“Try and make it exciting and try and deal with the agenda of the day or the agenda of the week and do it in a way that will be gripping and exciting and will win an audience.”

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