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Pat Kenny for UTV Ireland prime show

Tuesday, August 19 13:52:21

UTV Ireland today revealed that renowned broadcaster Pat Kenny will present a new peak-time series on Ireland's newest TV channel, in early 2015.

John McCann, Group Chief Executive, UTV Media plc said: "Pat is one of the most respected and experienced presenters in Ireland. His style of interviewing is unique, insightful and often challenging. These are all qualities that fit with the style of broadcasting that UTV Ireland aims to bring to the market and we are delighted that Pat will be part of the channel from the beginning.”

Pat Kenny says: "I'm very excited to be joining the team at UTV Ireland and really looking forward to broadcasting on TV, early in 2015. Passion is very much at the centre of my rationale for teaming up with the team at UTV Ireland - the passion and energy which they're demonstrating very much matches my own desire to get out there with something innovative, exciting and creative."

"It is early days in terms of the details of the output but I'm energised by the team at UTV Ireland and the prospect of working with talented young people, allied to some very experienced and wise colleagues. The plan is to be on air in the early part of 2015 and we've had a few good exchanges about how we can produce an entertaining, enticing proposition that is compelling for viewers. During the next few months we'll take what is effectively a blank canvas with some initial strands and shape it to create the best television possible," he said.

"For me, this is new territory - interesting, challenging and fresh. Another leap, so to speak. I also know the output will reflect the passion, talent, creativity and the energy of the team at UTV Ireland and I'm delighted to be part of that team."

Mary Curtis, Head of Channel, UTV Ireland, said: "From the outset there was one presenter in Ireland we wanted to work with to present a high profile series for the channel. Pat Kenny's credentials are synonymous with quality and integrity and he is one of Ireland's most popular interviewers. All the team at UTV Ireland are looking forward to working with him over the coming months to develop a fresh and exciting new series for Irish viewers."

The station also unveiled its line-up of drama, entertainment and original Irish programming to show viewers just some of the shows they can expect from the channel next year.

UTV Ireland's agreement with ITV Studios Global Entertainment gives the channel access, from the start of 2015, to programming made by ITV Studios for broadcast on the ITV main channel in the UK, which includes drama, entertainment, soaps, comedy and documentaries, as well as access to ITV Studios' back catalogue of productions. UTV Ireland has also signed programme deals with All3 Media, DRG and HatTrick International.

Michael Wilson, Managing Director, UTV Television said: "So what is UTV Ireland about… well, we will have the best of entertainment, accessible and relevant news and current affairs and domestic programming that will reflect a modern Ireland. What we are revealing today are just a few of the highlights. It's a clear commitment to our viewers to deliver a high quality television channel for Ireland."

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