Friday 30 September 2016

TV3 presenter Vincent Browne 'expects to extend his contract by ten years'

Published 18/08/2015 | 13:48

Vincent Browne
Vincent Browne
Vincent Browne

TV3 presenter Vincent Browne has said he has no plans to retire from his role as talk show host.

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Browne (71) announced today that he expects to negotiate a ten-year extension to his TV3 contract.

“My contract with TV3 extend (sic) beyond three years… by which time I expect I will negotiate a ten-year extension,” he said.

Browne was responding to a report in last weekend’s Sunday Independent when he announced his future career plans on Twitter.

“I protest at the suggestion in last week’s Sunday Independent (“Ivan Yeats to replace Vincent Browne on TV3) that at any stage in my career I had an association with Eoghan Harris – I never had any relations with that man.”

“Incidentally, the article also claims that I am about to retire from TV3 in the near future. My contract with TV3 extend (sic) beyond three years… by which time I expect I will negotiate a ten-year extension,” he added.

It had been reported that Ivan Yeats was tipped to take over from Browne, and that George Hook and Tom McGurk had also been considered.

Last year, the veteran presenter, who is on just under €400,000 a year, spoke about his ailing health and said he still needs to work to pay the bills.

“I’ve had bronchitis for years. I was told I had to do things about it and I didn’t do it. Eventually I had a bronchoscopy. I was warned in advance it could go wrong and cause trouble and it did.

“I still didn’t pay any attention. I got an infection and I got pneumonia as a consequence of this, and I didn’t realise I had pneumonia”.

Asked if he needed to work, Browne replied: “I do absolutely. I’d be in serious financial trouble, were it not for the fact that I’ve got this contract with TV3.”

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