Pat Kenny Vs Brendan O'Connor as prime time Saturday night slot considered for new show
Another week another potential challenge for Brendan O'Connor as UTV Ireland considers broadcasting Pat Kenny's new chat show in direct competition with The Saturday Night Show on RTE.
Kenny's new show, believed to be modelled on Piers Morgan's ITV chat show, will reportedly focus on in-depth interviews with just two guests per episode and is slated for kick off in April.
The entertainment show will be pre-recorded and filmed in front of a live studio audience in the Round Room of Dublin's Mansion House with production handled by Coco Television which currently produces shows including Room to Improve and CrimeCall.
Veteran presenter Kenny, who helmed both Kenny Live and The Late Late Show at RTE, will compete directly with O'Connor for viewers if the show is broadcast prime time on Saturday nights.
The Saturday Night Show has been enjoying success of late, eclipsing the Late Late Show in ratings once this month, and significantly increasing viewership last year.
However, the arrival of another Irish show is likely to impact ratings as well as guests.
The Saturday Night Show already competes with the Late Late, which has a bigger budget, for guests from a relatively small pool in Ireland each week.
No matter which night Pat Kenny's new show is broadcast it will compete with both RTE shows and add further pressure to to those shows to secure top guests.
Whilst it is unlikely Pat's show will go head to head with the Late Late, a spokesperson for UTV Ireland has revealed that neither Friday nor Saturday night have been ruled out.
"Everything is still in the running," he said. "We're looking across our entire schedule but no decision has been made yet."
Rumours of been circulating that Ray D'Arcy, who recently departed Today FM for RTE, is being lined up to replace O'Connor on The Saturday Night Show.
However, speaking on the John Murray Show last month O'Connor said he had not heard anything and he believes the show is currently "firing on all cylinders".