Pat Kenny is one of Ireland’s leading Broadcasters. He presents The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk from 9am - 12.00pm every weekday. He brings his experienced broadcasting style and incisive analysis to the day's news and current affairs.
Pat presented the primetime current affairs programme on Virgin Media One called Pat Kenny Tonight. On the programme, Pat dealt with the important news and current affairs issues of the week. The show provides in-depth analysis, featuring one-on-one interviews with government ministers, leading politicians and the big newsmakers of the day.
In 1972, Pat Kenny joined RTÉ as a part-time presentation announcer, becoming full time later that year. In 1977, he left the RTÉ staff to become a freelance broadcaster presenting programmes on radio and television in many fields, including science and technology, business, news and current affairs as well as music and young people’s programming.
He was appointed a member of the RTÉ Authority 1985-1990 and was Chairman of Radio Tara (Atlantic 252) between 1990 -1992. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by his Alma Mater, University College Dublin, in 2012.
A versatile broadcaster, he has presented top rated programmes on both radio and television for many years, including a daily current affairs radio show, and both serious current affairs and light entertainment shows on television, including the ground-breaking current affairs programme Today Tonight at one end of the scale to the Eurovision Song Contest in 1988 at the other. He continued to be associated with Eurovision, providing television commentary for Irish viewers of the event on nine occasions from 1991 to 1999.
Pat presented a Saturday night talk show Kenny Live! for eleven years from 1988 to 1999, after which he spent ten years as host of the legendary Late Late Show from 1999 to 2009.
In September 2009, Kenny began presenting The Frontline each Monday night on RTÉ One. It was a topical debate show revolving around the interaction between Pat, his guests and an invited audience. Pat won an IFTA in 2010 for The Frontline and was nominated again the following year. Other awards include a Jacobs Award, a Glaxo Award for Scientific Broadcasting, and the (British) Plain English Award for Today with Pat Kenny (2006).
In February 2013, he joined the newly revamped current affairs programme Prime Time while continuing to present Today with Pat Kenny on RTÉ Radio 1 each weekday morning between 10am and midday.
In July 2013, he created a media storm when he left RTÉ Radio to sign up to the independent national news network Newstalk for a daily current affairs magazine show which has proved to be very popular with the listening public.
Pat has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Irish Film and TV Academy, for his outstanding contribution to Irish broadcasting, spanning five decades.
Kenny originally qualified as a chemical engineer (UCD and Georgia Institute of Technology) and had a past career as a lecturer to students of engineering and architecture in Bolton Street College of Technology (now the DIT).
Charitable involvements include Trust, The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland, The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, The Peter McVerry Trust.
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