Tuesday 20 March 2018

'Grand old man' title 
is there for the taking

Pat Kenny would do well to emulate Gaybo's segue from chirpy youth to 
national father figure, says Ted Dolan

Pat Kenny has joined UTV Ireland
Pat Kenny has joined UTV Ireland
Pat Kenny celebrating his 65 birthday at Montrose yesterday.
Pat Kenny at Newstalk
Pat Kenny began his broadcasting career presenting 'Babaro' on RTE

Just because a choice is the obvious one does not make it the wrong one. UTV Ireland's choice of Pat Kenny as their marquee-name signing and star presenter of their flagship programme was both obvious and correct. What Mary Curtis, the new channel's head of programmes, has done is to secure the services of Ireland's most experienced and competent broadcaster who will not let her down and could quickly achieve number-one status across the island.

With this move she has shifted expectations for the new channel out of the realm of cheap-as-chips quizzes and tweedy sheepdog trials into the big league. Kenny has what it takes to be the new channel's bruiser. But he has to get a few things right first.

When you look across the TV schedules, it becomes clear that there are very few broadcasters in these islands who can bring such experience and talent to the table.

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