Pat Kenny is set to receive the lifetime award at next month’s television IFTAs.
The broadcaster has a new currant affairs programme with TV3, but admitted that RTE didn’t expect the move after working with them for 41 years.
The award will be presented to the Dubliner to recognise his work within television and contribution to Irish broadcasting for almost five decades.
Lifetime: Pat is to be honoured at the IFTAs this October for his work in television | VIPIRELAND.COM
Other people honoured with the award have been President Michael D Higgins, former Late Late Show host Gay Byrne, actresses Fionnula Flanagan, the late Maureen O’Hara, director Neil Jordan, actor Liam Neeson and comedian Brendan O’Carroll.
“I am humbled to be acknowledged by the academy alongside broadcasters such a Gay Byrne and Cathal O’Shannon, who paved the way for broadcasters such as myself,” Pat said in a statement.
“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.”
The awards take place next month in Dublin on October 7th.