Saturday 18 November 2017

'It was a difficult decision' - Colette leaves Newstalk for TV3

Colette Fitzpatrick has announced she is quitting TV3’s ‘Pat Kenny Tonight’ show. Photo: Mark Condren
Colette Fitzpatrick has announced she is quitting TV3’s ‘Pat Kenny Tonight’ show. Photo: Mark Condren
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Colette Fitzpatrick has left Newstalk to take up a "full time exclusive role" with TV3.

Fitzpatrick will act as a senior anchor on TV3's news service 3News Ireland and will front daily news bulletins.

The broadcaster said her decision to leave was not taken lightly.

"I have loved working in Newstalk for the past 18 months and making the decision to leave this station was very difficult," she said.

Fitzpatrick, who hosted 'The Newstalk Breakfast Show' alongside Paul Williams, Shane Coleman and Alan Quinlan, informed radio station bosses of her decision to leave yesterday evening.

CEO of Newstalk Tim Collins said he was saddened Fitzpatrick was leaving, especially as the latest JNLR ratings saw the show's listenership figures jump by 7,000 to 122,000.

Pat Kenny and Colette Fitzpatrick on the set of Pat Kenny Tonight. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Pat Kenny and Colette Fitzpatrick on the set of Pat Kenny Tonight. Photo: Brian McEvoy

"I would like to thank Colette for her commitment and professionalism while working with us," he said. "I am confident that Paul, Shane, Alan, Vincent and the team will continue to build the show over the coming months."

Newstalk has no replacement host lined up.

Fitzpatrick will take up her new role on 3News Ireland in March.

3News Ireland is part of TV3's "new three-channel strategy" and will broadcast across TV3, e3 and Be3.

The station news output is currently undergoing "a major revamp".

Fitzpatrick has previously worked as a TV3 news anchor and recently co-hosted 'Pat Kenny Tonight' with the veteran broadcaster.

Earlier this week, it emerged she had left the programme.

Kenny will now present the show, which returns to TV screens this evening, on his own. The first programme will pose the question 'Has the world gone mad on political correctness?'

Irish Independent

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