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Time for Pat to step up

Tonight Pat Kenny must step up and prove he is the bankable broadcaster that fledgling station UTV Ireland believes him to be.

When he takes the interviewer's chair in the first outing of Pat Kenny In The Round, he will need to show he is worth his fee.

For years, he was the highest paid broadcaster in RTE.

Now, the hopes of a new television service rest on his experienced shoulders.

His strengths in handling interviews on serious subjects with ease and intelligence are appreciated by the public.

But veering off into the lighter side of the entertainment world can still be a challenge for the veteran.

His 9pm lineup at the Mansion House venue includes Lulu, Mickey Harte, and astronaut Chris Hadfield.

We wish him the best of luck.