Radio stars Marian and Joe enjoy contrasting fortunes
MEDIA firms operated by two of Ireland's most popular and best-paid broadcasters enjoyed contrasting fortunes last year, new figures show.
Marian Finucane's Montrose Services Ltd recorded accumulated profits of €790,913 in the year to the end of October – up €206,641, according to accounts filed with the Companies Office.
The firm's cash pile during the year increased to €307,047 from €100,000, with the presenter's image rights valued at €600,000.
But accounts for the company controlled by her RTE colleague Joe Duffy, Claddagh- green Ltd, show its profits dipped to €124,415 in the 12 months to the end of last April.
And the cash pile at the 57-year-old's firm declined during the same period from €199,833 to €151,845.
The most recent published figures by RTE for its top presenters' salaries are for 2009 and revealed that Finucane's Montrose Services Ltd was paid €513,270 and Duffy's Claddaghgreen Ltd was paid €389,314.
Finucane presents the country's third most popular radio programme with the most recent JNLR figures showing that her Saturday morning show pulls in 363,000 listeners. Joe Duffy's 'Liveline' is the country's second most popular, with 420,000 listeners tuning in.