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Wednesday 19 September 2018

Kenny's TV3 show is set for live autumn revamp

Pat Kenny at the launch of his Tv3 current affairs show. Photo: David Conachy
Pat Kenny at the launch of his Tv3 current affairs show. Photo: David Conachy

TV3's flagship current affairs show, Pat Kenny Tonight, is set for a revamp when it returns in the autumn.

The Herald can reveal that the hard-news programme - fronted by the former RTE presenter - is due to go out live in order to accommodate its guest TDs and senators.

It was previously pre- recorded earlier in the evening and then aired at 10pm.

However, it is understood that researchers were having an issue booking political guests, prompting the decision to push it back to the later slot.

In a further change, TV3 recently appointed long-standing RTE executive producer Aoife Stokes as its "head of factual" as it pours more resources into its current affairs unit.

She is currently working on Vincent Browne's show, which is due to finish its current run at the end of this month when the journalist retires.

Ms Stokes previously worked with Pat Kenny on The Frontline for two years.

She has been lined up to produce his TV3 show when it resumes in a few weeks' time.

Meanwhile, speculation has continued to surround who will step into Browne's shoes when he leaves the programme he has fronted for 10 years.

Expensive

He is doing so for "personal reasons", and TV3 has yet to confirm what its plans are for the show.

Former minister and Newstalk broadcaster Ivan Yates is one of the names mooted as a possible replacement, having filled in for Browne before.

Asked if he had been approached, he said: "I'm reassuringly expensive, so that's an issue. The situation is that I've had no dialogue with TV3, but I've had a lot of past association with them.

"I'm always delighted to talk to Ballymount about anything. The situation is I have no visibility on what's happening.

"But I'm a big fan of Ballymount and I think it's important that there is a strong challenger brand to RTE and in all circumstances I wish them well.

"I've enjoyed past associations with TV3 and I would be interested.

"But I'm long enough in the media to know that someone else picks up the phone."

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