Friday 15 December 2017

Pat Kenny: I'll return to TV but don't want bidding war

Making waves: Pat on his Newstalk show
Making waves: Pat on his Newstalk show

Ken Sweeney and Eimear Rabbitte

PAT Kenny has ruled out a bidding war by stations to secure his services for TV as the door opened for a return to RTE.

The 65-year-old has revealed that, having spent the past three months concentrating on his Newstalk radio show, he is now ready to return to TV.

New station UTV Ireland, as well as TV3 and former employers RTE are said to be in competition to sign him up. However, the former Late Late host said it will not be a case of signing with the highest bidder.

"I don't want to create an auction. I'm happy to talk, but it will be about doing something that is of the appropriate quality and maybe even fun," Mr Kenny told the Herald.

"I rarely like to go back to things. I want to move forward all the time.

"What sort of TV show would I do? I don't know. I'd love to say I had a brilliant idea to create and market all over the globe but I haven't got that far yet," he said.

However, he said he would be "happy" to return to RTE with any TV project despite parting with them last summer after 41 years to join Newstalk.

This it seems will be music to the Montrose station's ears after its Director General, Noel Curran, revealed that he would be open to the former Prime Time presenter's return to RTE TV screens.

"We have moved on and Pat has moved on in terms of radio," explained Curran. "He was with us for 40 years and he is someone I would have huge respect for.

"I wouldn't rule out Pat being on TV with us at some point again."

Meanwhile, Mr Kenny described reports that he was glad to be no longer working with RTE chiefs as inaccurate.

"I was quoted saying I 'left the suits in RTE behind'.

"I didn't mean suits as in RTE management. I meant cloth suits in an RTE wardrobe.

"On the contrary I left on excellent terms with management in RTE and I'd be happy to work with them again," he said.

The busy dad maintained he had no regrets about his decision to leave the state broadcaster.

January sees the release of the latest JNLR figures which will reveal if his RTE audience did "move the dial".

"In reality the JNLR figures that matter, the really meaningful ones, won't come until October when I have completed a year," he said.

Someone who found himself struggling is his former RTE colleague Hector O hEochagain.

Pat said he was sad to see him dropped from 2fm this week.

(The Herald)

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