Monday 24 July 2017

I'm happy with salary cuts: Dobson

Bryan Dobson and Lorraine Keane launch the 24th annual bike rally in aid of the Irish Youth Foundation, which will take place on Bloomsday
Bryan Dobson and Lorraine Keane launch the 24th annual bike rally in aid of the Irish Youth Foundation, which will take place on Bloomsday
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

RTÉ broadcaster Bryan Dobson says he will accept "whatever is proposed or necessary" when it comes to possible salary sacrifices within the organisation.

Director general (DG) Dee Forbes recently unveiled a raft of changes in a bid to cut costs at RTÉ, which has lost €100m in advertising revenue since 2008.

She indicated that she would consider future salary cuts as part of the restructuring, which is set to include an estimated 200 job losses.

Mr Dobson said he fully supported Ms Forbes in whatever decision she came to.

"That's what the DG does. It's her job to chart the future of the organisation and to make good decisions, meaning that RTÉ will be here in 10, 20, 30 years' time. That's what matters," he said.

"People in RTÉ across the board took salary cuts before. RTÉ moved quite quickly and [the cuts] were also graded so people who earned more lost more, which I think was a good way to do it. Some of that has been restored and we'll see."

Mr Dobson, who has been working at the national broadcaster for 30 years this year, was in sixth place in a list of RTÉ's top earners, with an annual salary of €195,800 in 2014.

Speaking about morale in the company, he said: "I suppose we all just get along with our job and keep at it. We've got programmes to produce every day.

"That's the thing about daily journalism - you really are very busy and you're busy every day. You're busy meeting deadlines and it's great."

Yesterday he helped to unveil details of this year's Brennans Bloomsday Bike Rally on June 16 in aid of the Irish Youth Foundation. Joined by Lorraine Keane, he certainly looked the part in a boater hat and an authentic penny farthing.

"I read a little Joyce. I can't say hand on heart that I've read 'Ulysses' cover to cover, but I dip into it," he said.

Irish Independent

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