It has been confirmed that broadcaster, Pat Kenny, will take over the Late Late Show from Gay Byrne. Mr. Kenny will take up the position in September when the programme begins its 38th season.
Joe Mulholland, Manager-Television at RTÉ, denied that Northern Ireland comedian Patrick Kielty had been offered the job and had turned it down. He said that Kielty had had discussions with RTÉ Management about a weekend programme, but it was not the Late Late Show.
Gay Byrne, who retired from the programme last week, will present a series of eight half-hour programmes called "Make 'Em Laugh", culled from the archives of various comedy programmes and sketches. According to Mr. Mulholland, this had been a long-standing 'pet' project of the veteran broadcaster.
Friday night's final Late Late Show had a record audience of 1.3 million viewers. A new Saturday night programme is being planned for the autumn, with a series of presenters 'fronting' the show, similar to the old Saturday Night Live series. It will have a heavy emphasis on entertainment, but not exclusively so.