Wednesday 20 September 2017

The return of the king of Irish broadcasting is long overdue

If Pat Kenny wasn't still needed on Irish TV, he'd have been replaced by someone better by now

Gay Byrne Photo: Jason Clarke Photography
Gay Byrne Photo: Jason Clarke Photography

Eilis O'Hanlon

Aside from a one-off return following the death of Ryan Tubridy's father, Pat Kenny presented his last Late, Late Show in May 2009, ten years after taking over from Gay Byrne on the iconic Friday night programme.

He'd presented Kenny Live on Saturday nights for even longer before that, and was a stalwart on Today Tonight from the mid 1980s, and most viewers surely agreed that a change was due; it was time for him to step aside and let younger upcoming broadcasters have their place in the sun.

Seven years on from that decision, there's just one question: Where are they? What happened to all the bright young things who were supposed to leap into the gap left by the departing Kenny?

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