Pat Kenny will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 IFTA Television Awards next month.

The award recognises his body of work in television and contribution to Irish broadcasting spanning almost five decades. It will be presented at the awards night in Dublin on October 7.

The presenter follows in the footsteps of President Michael D Higgins, former Late Late Show host Gay Byrne, actresses Fionnula Flanagan and the late Maureen O'Hara, director Neil Jordan, actor Liam Neeson and comedian Brendan O'Carroll.

Kenny has described himself as "truly honoured" to receive the award and paid tribute to Gay Byrne and the late Cathal O'Shannon, "who paved the way for broadcasters such as myself".

"To be recognised by my peers in this way, and to follow in the footsteps of such an illustrious group of people who have previously received this award is an absolute honour for me," he added. 

Pat Kenny in his Late Late Show days on RTÉ One

Household name Kenny has presented a range of TV programmes over the years, from current affairs with The Frontline and Today Tonight, to entertainment shows such as Kenny Live, Saturday Live, Pat Kenny in the Round and, of course, fronting The Late Late Show for a decade.

Last week it was announced that the Newstalk presenter will co-host a new current affairs show with Collette Fitzpatrick which begins on TV3 next month. The station will also broadcast the IFTA Television Awards. 

Collette Fitzpatrick and Pat Kenny at the launch of the new TV3 schedule at the National Concert Hall last week

Aine Moriarty, Chief Executive of IFTA, said: "For more than 40 years Pat Kenny has shown himself to be a dedicated and passionate broadcaster, and a trusted and reliable voice in Ireland across important news, current affairs and social issues. 

"His unique style and honest and informative approach to interviews and topics across all walks of life, has earned him a place in the hearts and minds of the Irish public and amongst his peers."