Tuesday 20 February 2018

'Humbled' Kenny to receive IFTA Lifetime award

Pat Kenny in the Newstalk studio. Photo: Damien Eagers
Pat Kenny in the Newstalk studio. Photo: Damien Eagers
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Broadcaster Pat Kenny is to receive the Irish Film and Television Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kenny will be presented with the award at the Ifta Gala Television Awards on October 7.

He follows in the footsteps of previous recipients including Gay Byrne, Maureen O'Hara, David Kelly, Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan, Liam Neeson and Brendan O'Carroll.

Kenny said he was both "humbled and honoured" to be recognised by Ifta.

"I am humbled to be acknowledged by the academy alongside broadcasters such a Gay Byrne and Cathal O'Shannon, who paved the way for broadcasters such as myself," he said.

Kenny has been one of Ireland's most regarded broadcasters for close to five decades.

He began his broadcasting career in the 1970s, starting as an RTÉ continuity announcer.

Since then he has worked on a range of radio and TV programmes. While working in RTÉ, he worked on a variety of shows including 'Today Tonight', 'Kenny Live', 'The Frontline', and flagship programme 'The Late Late Show'. He also hosted the Eurovision alongside Michelle Rocca in 1988. Kenny caused consternation when he left RTÉ in 2013 to take up a role on rival radio station Newstalk.

In 2014, he joined the UTV Ireland team. However, after his series 'In the Round' was cut short, he parted ways with the station.

Last week, he announced he will front a new TV3 current affairs show with Colette Fitzpatrick.

Irish Independent

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