Tuesday 25 October 2016

Money talks as chat show king's pay hits €3.1m

Gordon Deegan

Published 12/04/2016 | 02:30

Irish presenter Graham Norton’s pay shoots up by 13.5pc
Irish presenter Graham Norton’s pay shoots up by 13.5pc

Chat show host and comedian Graham Norton remains Ireland's best- paid broadcaster, earning £2.52m (€3.14m) last year.

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The popular BBC presenter is in a league of his own as the £2.5m is a 13.5pc jump on the £2.2m Norton received in presenter and production fees in 2014.

Norton's show is the first port of call for Hollywood A-listers promoting their movies in the UK.

Over the next few weeks, Norton is to interview Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Joan Collins.

Mr Norton was also owed £585,780 by production firm So Television Ltd at the end of last July.

The sums dwarf the fees paid to RTE's top earners with the most recent figures showing that Ryan Tubridy is the best-paid, with €495,000 a year.

Norton (53) clocks up just under €2,000 in fees and royalties for every minute he is presenting his top-rated Graham Norton show.

The BBC1 show is the main earner for So Television Ltd and new figures lodged with Companies House show that the firm's pre-tax profits fell from £2m to £1.97m in the 12 months to the end of last July.

This followed revenues increasing slightly from £11.56m to £11.57m.

The growing popularity of Norton's Show overseas led to the increase in revenues last year as income from 'rest of world' revenue rose from £2.7m to £3.35m.

Irish Independent

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