Monday 23 April 2018

'I don't feel threatened by Ivan Yates and Matt Cooper' says Pat Kenny ahead of his show tonight

Pat Kenny at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Gareth Chaney Collins
Pat Kenny at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Gareth Chaney Collins
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Pat Kenny says he doesn’t feel threatened by the two new additions to the TV3 schedule Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates.

The radio rivals and new presenting duo, who have been dubbed ‘Mivan Yooper’ by TV3’s political editor Gavin Reilly, are Vincent Browne’s successors and are due to start the show on September 19.

Kenny, who returns to our TV screens this evening with The Pat Kenny Show at 10pm, says he think they will be a welcome addition to the station’s slate.

“I don’t feel threatened no,” he said. “It’s an entirely different format and we’re on at different times. On top of that there are so many news stories taking place in a week that we will have plenty of different and diverse issues to discuss.”

Co-presenters Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates
Co-presenters Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates

Kenny says that the two production teams will work together to ensure there is no cross over.

“I will be tuning into their show and am looking forward to seeing the dynamic at play. Chris Donoghue and Ivan yates became radios Odd Couple. Chris was the earnest one while Ivan was the delinquent.

“So it will be interesting to see them bounce off each other – and of course they also have Mario Rosenstock in the mix.”

Kenny says the live audience is what separates his show from other current affairs programmes.

“We are involving the audience more than ever. And the dynamic changes each show depending on the audience and I get a buzz from that.

“It is a turbulent time in Irish politics with Brexit and the 8th Amendment and a Budget so there is plenty there.”

Tonight’s programme at 10pm on TV3 will focus on the housing crisis.

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