Published Tuesday, 19 August 2014
The announcement was made in Dublin on Tuesday, as the station also unveiled a strong line-up of drama, entertainment, and original Irish programming to give viewers a taste of what to expect.
"I'm very excited to be joining the team at UTV Ireland and really looking forward to broadcasting on TV early in 2015," Pat Kenny said.
"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."
He added: "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."
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.
John McCann, Group Chief Executive, UTV Media plc said: "We took the market by surprise last November when we announced our plans for UTV Ireland and I am delighted to do the same today as I reveal that one of Ireland's most distinguished broadcasters, Pat Kenny, will be making his return to television in early 2015, on UTV Ireland.
"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."
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."
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