Sunday 25 March 2018

Kenny: I won't seek pay rise

Broadcaster says he's willing to get up earlier -- for no extra cash

Pat Kenny. Photo: PA
Pat Kenny. Photo: PA

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Reporter

PAT KENNY will not look for more money from RTE if the station decides to move him into the 9am Radio One slot being vacated by Ryan Tubridy.

As revealed in the Irish Independent yesterday, management at Montrose is considering starting the 'Today' show one hour earlier in an effort to firm up the station's news-setting agenda, and to ensure Mr Tubridy does not take a huge chunk of listeners with him to 2fm.

"There would be nothing involved there," Mr Kenny said when asked about his salary.

"We're only talking about a shift in time. Instead of going on air from 10am to 12pm, I would go on air from 9 to 11am."

The former Late Late host said an earlier start would simply be a return to the 90s for him when his radio show started immediately after 'Morning Ireland'.

"For several years in the mid-nineties I did that slot with my producer Eithne Hand and it worked very well," he said.

"Obviously if we did it now, my programme would have to be tweaked, it would mean reshuffling some of the elements in our second hour, to our first hour.

He said of the earlier slot: "I'm not pushing for it but if they want me to do it, I'll do it."

Mr Kenny (62) added any move would be tinged with sadness as the reshuffle is due to the sudden death of one of his closest colleagues, Gerry Ryan.


"Poor Gerry passed on so quickly and everything that has happened since is a re-evaluation of 2fm and what its role is," Mr Kenny said. He added that the death of Mr Ryan -- whose body was found in his Dublin apartment last April 30, after a suspected heart attack -- has prompted many of his friends to take a closer look at the their health.

"I know quite a number of people, but not me, who have been booking appointments with their doctors to do checks to make sure their hearts are okay," he said.

RTE said recently Mr Tubridy will not be paid any extra salary for taking over Mr Ryan's slot on 2fm. His new slot, beginning in August will be an hour longer than his previous Radio One show.

Pat Kenny was RTE's highest earning presenter in 2008, the last year for which figures have been released, with a salary of over €950,000. Gerry Ryan was second on the list, taking home over €630,000.

Irish Independent

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