Thursday 23 February 2017

Kenny: Miriam 'a safe pair of hands' for show

Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

PAT Kenny is delighted Miriam O'Callaghan is a summer stand-in on his radio show.

The Prime Time presenter will take over his RTE Radio 1 'Today' programme for the week beginning August 22.

Regular host Kenny, who is currently on a summer break, said he felt his radio programme would be in safe hands.

"One of my main preoccupations is that we get the best possible talent in when I'm not on air. There have been experiences in the past, where people have been put into slots and lost audiences for RTE Radio One," he said.

"It's going back a long time now, and I won't name names but bad decisions lead to audience loss so that's something I'm anxious to avoid. Some people surround themselves with mediocrity to make themselves look good, I want the best people around me in every sense of the word," Kenny said last night.

It was fitting O'Callaghan should occupy the seat in his absence, he said, as they were "old friends" and had worked together earlier this year on the general election coverage.

He added that while he was consulted over holiday cover on his show, he had never objected to any replacement.

The broadcaster also responded to comments made by Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte who warned that if RTE's top earners did not take a pay cut, they should be replaced with new talent.

"We are all on contract and when those contracts come up for renewal I have no doubt there will be robust discussions between the management and the talent, whoever they are," he said.

Irish Independent

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