Revealed: The favourites to replace Vincent Browne on 'Tonight'
Vincent Browne has confirmed he is stepping down from current affairs programme 'Tonight', a year earlier than planned due to stress.
Browne had been considering leaving the programme for some time.
The broadcaster, who turns 73 this month, has struggled with health problems in the past, and was advised medically to avoid undue stress.
Browne said he was never stressed while hosting the TV show.
"There have been stresses around the programme otherwise," he said. "And I decided I needed to avoid that, and I have done that a year ahead of the end of my contract."
The journalist thanked TV3 for the support they showed him during his time with the station.
"I am particularly grateful to TV3 for rescuing me from a financial crisis - all of my own making."
Broadcaster Ivan Yates, journalist Michael Clifford and TV host Pat Kenny are now among the favourites to replace Browne.
Bookmakers Ladbrokes have ranked 'Irish Examiner' journalist Michael Clifford as the front-runner with odds of 11/10.
Former Fine Gael TD Ivan Yates comes second with 2/1 odds, while former 'Late Late Show' host Pat Kenny stands at 7/1.
Yesterday, Bill Malone, Director of Programming at TV3, praised Browne for the significant contribution he has made to Irish journalism.
"Vincent has made an extraordinary contribution to Irish journalism and to Irish broadcasting," he said.
"As the presenter of the 'Tonight' show, Vincent encapsulated the mood of the nation during unprecedented economic and political turmoil.
"His commitment to highlighting inequality and injustices in Irish life has been unwavering over his journalistic career".