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Thursday 31 July 2014

Pat Kenny turns 66: ‘I’m not fretting over radio show figures’

Published 29/01/2014|09:56

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New era: Pat Kenny, who moved to Newstalk from RTE this year. Photo: Jason Clarke Photography
New era: Pat Kenny, who moved to Newstalk from RTE this year. Photo: Jason Clarke Photography

PAT KENNY is “not fretting over” the JNLR figures which are being released tomorrow and has revealed that the ratings for his new Newstalk show won’t be reflected until he has been on air for a year.

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Speaking ahead of his radio show this morning, the veteran Newstalk host said that his show is a “work in progress” and its true impact won’t be “felt until the JNLR figures next November”.

The broadcaster, who announced his move from RTE to Newstalk in the summer, is going head-to-head with former colleague Sean O’Rourke for the lucrative morning market segment.

The figures are the first indication of how the two broadcasters are doing in their head-to-head battle for listeners and represent the first quarter of his new show on Newstalk.

Tomorrow’s JNLRs represent the first listenership figures since Kenny made the leap to rival broadcaster Newstalk in September after 41 years at RTE.

“I won’t be fretting over the figures as I believe that show is a real work in progress. I really don’t think anything truly meaningful will come from these figures. The show was only just on air when the figures started so we will only see how things have gone when we have been on air a year.”

Kenny, who turns 66 today, said that he has no great plans for his birthday. “The older you get, the less inclined you are to celebrate birthday,” he said.

“It’s a working day, so the show will be taking up most of my time today. Take it from me, I won’t be going too mad.”

By Garreth Murphy

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