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Saturday 19 April 2014

Broadcaster a springboard for success stories

Moya Doherty and John McColgan
Moya Doherty and John McColgan

IT BEGAN as an interval act at the Irish-hosted Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, but Riverdance has gone on to turn its creators into multi-millionaires.

JOHN McCOLGAN AND MOYA DOHERTY

Husband and wife team -- and former RTE producers -- John McColgan and Moya Doherty established Tyrone Productions in 1987.

The company later brought the 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' show to Ireland and more recently produced the All Ireland Talent Show.

The couple, whose combined wealth has been estimated at €68m, recently launched a new stage show 'Heartbeat of Home'.

MIKE MURPHY

Mike Murphy was a major RTE star throughout the 1970s, '80s and '90s, presenting 'The Live Mike,' commentating on Eurovision shows and hosting 'Winning Streak'.

However, in the late 1990s, he became involved with property company Harcourt Developments and left RTE in 2001. The company, some of whose loans have been transferred to NAMA, has been involved in several successful developments including Park West in Dublin and the Titanic Quarter in Belfast. He stepped down as director in 2010.

BIBI BASKIN

RTE'S former chat show queen Bibi Baskin left the broadcaster back in the 1990s and has since reinvented herself as the proprietor of a successful high-end hotel in India.

It's 10 years since the Co Donegal woman bought a bungalow in the southern region of Kerala with a business partner and renovated it into a luxury boutique hotel. Her hotel, Raheem Residency, has been described by 'Lonely Planet' as the "only top-end place worth considering" in the town of Alleppey.

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