Thursday 22 March 2018

Pat Kenny to begin his TV3 show next month

Pat Kenny at the launch of his new TV3 current affairs show Photo: David Conachy
Pat Kenny at the launch of his new TV3 current affairs show Photo: David Conachy

Melanie Finn and Eugene Masterson

Pat Kenny will begin his much-publicised TV3 show next month, the Herald can reveal.

Current affairs presenter Vincent Browne has said there was no link between his absence at the TV3 press launch and the station's new big-name signing.

Newstalk broadcaster Kenny will join forces with Colette Fitzpatrick for the current affairs show, which will run on Wednesday nights and is being flagged as one of TV3's autumn schedule highlights.

The station is finalising its new programme producer as it gears up to launch Kenny's first current affairs show on TV3 in the wake of him leaving UTV Ireland last year.

An inside source said that they're making sure that all the finer details are in place before going live with the news programme.

"Some of the production details relating to the set and things like that are still being finalised but it will start broadcasting in October," she said.

Meanwhile, Browne has insisted he has no problem giving up his Wednesday slot.

"I'm very happy about not doing Wednesdays. I'd be even happier if Pat Kenny did Thursdays as well. It would be less work," he said.

He said he "does not care about limelight" if Kenny is taking some away, but he admitted both shows would be competing for guests.

Browne's shows on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday will now be screened at an earlier time of 10.30pm.

It will be a busy time for former RTE presenter Kenny - in addition to starting a new prime-time TV show, he will also be adding an extra 30 minutes to his morning Newstalk programme.

He said he was "really excited" to be working with the station as he gears up to get stuck into his latest TV project.

"It's only a work in progress at this point. We know what our ambition is, Wednesday night to be on the money, current affairs midweek," he said.

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