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Saturday 3 December 2016

Pat Kenny: 'I didn't hear from UTV Ireland my show was cancelled'

Pat Kenny
Pat Kenny

Pat Kenny was "very disappointed" that UTV Ireland cancelled his chat show.

In The Round, which saw Pat interview a different guest each week in the Mansion House, ran for five episodes earlier this year.

However, UTVI announced last month that the show would not return for a second season and said they were "discussing future projects" with Pat.

"I was very disappointed. I thought it was a good show, but I don't know the reasons [why it was cancelled]. Things work in mysterious ways," he told the Herald.

"I heard it from the production company. I didn't hear it from UTV Ireland."

The show's ratings varied - an average of 150,000 people tuned in for his chat with Tyrone football manager Mickey Harte, but just 66,000 watched his interview with astronaut Chris Hadfield.

Pat wouldn't comment on whether ratings or costs played a part in the show being axed.

"You can speculate on that, I cannot. I know nothing about it," he said.

Loss

When asked if his confidence had taken a knock, Pat said he "takes it all in his stride".

UTV media recently announced their Irish station was expected to incur a loss €16.2m by the end of the year.

Pat (67) said he "doesn't know" what will happen with the fledgling station.

"I honestly don't know what lies ahead with UTV Ireland, I haven't a clue," he said.

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