Friday 23 February 2018

Pat Kenny's lucrative €500,000 deal with TV3 revealed

Pat Kenny and Colette Fitzpatrick. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Pat Kenny and Colette Fitzpatrick. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Sean O'Grady

Former 'Late Late Show' host Pat Kenny has reportedly signed a €500,000 deal for his return to TV in a new current affairs series co-hosted by Colette Fitzpatrick.

The show, which has yet to be titled, will air live on Wednesdays at 9.30pm in front of a studio audience.

Sinead Desmond and Mark Cagney at TV3's Autumn 2016 launch at The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Sinead Desmond and Mark Cagney at TV3's Autumn 2016 launch at The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

And the current affairs heavyweight is reportedly getting paid €500,000 as part of the new three-year deal.

The Irish Sun has reported a TV3 source as saying the presenter "is worth every cent".

"There just isn't anyone like him on Irish TV, in fact we are thrilled to have him onboard," the source told the newspaper.

TV3 are set to go head-to-head with RTÉ's current affairs department, as the Ballymount station unveiled changes to their 2016 autumn schedule.

Kenny and Fitzpatrick will be tackling the big issues of the day and chair live discussions and feature interviews.

The former UTV Ireland host (63) admitted hosting the Leader's Debate convinced him a bigger role in Ballymount was a good move.

"It certainly gave me the confidence that TV3 would put the money in and build a good set and have the best people working on it and that's what we have been promised in the autumn," he told the Irish Independent.

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The Dublin native revealed the Wednesday slot was also a factor in his decision-making.

"I've done 'Prime Time' on a Tuesday and Thursday, and I've done 'Frontline' on a Monday but I haven't done current affairs on a Wednesday.

"When they came to me with the offer, it seemed to me a good place to be.

"On a Wednesday, the political stories of the week will have begun to evolve so I think it's a good slot, that's why I jumped on it."

Noticeably absent from the bash, which took place in the National Concert Hall, was Vincent Browne.

The veteran TV3 host is currently enjoying some time off work but will be back on screens next Monday, September 5, with his take on current affairs. 'Tonight With Vincent Browne' will be starting at the earlier time of 10.30pm.

Meanwhile, comedian Deirdre O'Kane and 'Mrs Brown's Boys' star Rory Cowan have been named as the narrators for the Irish version of 'Gogglebox'.

'Moone Boy' star O'Kane revealed the gig was a dream come true for her.

"It looks like fantastic telly. Gogglebox, everybody is dying for it," she said.

"Of course, I was going to say yes, that was a no-brainer."

Lucy Kennedy's series 'Livin' With Lucy' is making a comeback for the autumn. Celebrity guests including Shane Long, Kerry Katona and Al Porter.

'Red Rock' has been given a new home on Monday nights and will now air once a week in a one-hour slot.

The change marks the show's move from soap to serial drama and will air from September 12 at the later time of 9.30pm.

Investigative reporter Paul Williams will front 'The War on Crime' in which he examines the murder of Veronica Guerin and Detective Jerry McCabe.

Irish Independent

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