Pat Kenny’s move to Newstalk is revealing about our culture
Hiring a star presenter is the quick fix in broadcasting, and we need a lot of quick fixes
The private wing of broadcasting has proved disappointing in terms of both quality control and of new ideas. It wants what RTÉ wants; it wants what RTÉ has. It is a shame, but hardly surprising, that the private sector aims to do nothing more startling than poach unhappy celebrity presenters from the mother ship. Never mind. Pat Kenny’s move – it has been called a defection – has given us all a bit of diversion, which we were badly in need of. It is sad to say, but it is the most interesting thing to have happened on radio for ages.