Sunday 22 April 2018

The times they are a changin', and TV must change with them

Late-night TV will not be the same without curmudgeon-in-chief Vincent Browne, but maybe that's not such a bad thing, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Vincent browne
Vincent browne

Eilis O'Hanlon

The news that Vincent Browne is standing down as presenter of his eponymously-titled, late-night TV3 chat show, a year ahead of the end of his contract, has led to plenty of hyperbole.

The word "irreplaceable" has featured heavily. It's the end of an era, the story goes. We shall never see his like again. These are the standard tributes when a public figure of his longevity calls it a day.

In Browne's case, the plaudits are deserved more than most. Imagining Irish journalism without him is like imagining Irish music without Christy Moore. He has dominated his field both by virtue of the positions that he's held (editor of the Sunday Tribune; founder of Magill magazine; columnist with The Irish Times), but also by the sheer force of his personality. He's part of a generation which, for better or worse, made Irish journalism what it is today.

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