Saturday 3 December 2016

Niall Quinn is now the best paid broadcaster in the country thanks to massive Sky Sports deal

Gordon Deegan

Published 27/10/2016 | 02:30

Sky pundit and former Ireland star Niall Quinn and his wife Gillian Picture: Getty
Sky pundit and former Ireland star Niall Quinn and his wife Gillian Picture: Getty

Ex-Ireland international soccer star Niall Quinn is now the best-paid broadcaster living in the country as a result of his lucrative football punditry deal with Sky.

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The figures came from the latest accounts by Quinn's media firm, Niall Quinn Media Services (NQMS) Ltd, which showed that the joint pay to Quinn and his wife Gillian last year soared to almost €700,000.

In a bumper year for Quinn's firm, accounts showed that the joint pay to the two last year increased by 25pc, or €137,000, from €551,000 to €688,000.

The pay last year is more than double the €286,000 the two took in salaries from NQMS in 2013. The revenues for Quinn's NQMS are generated from Quinn's lucrative deal with Sky, where he is part of a team that includes Thierry Henry, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher, to provide expert analysis on Premier League matches.

Quinn's Sky pay pales in comparison with the reported £4m (€4.4m) a year deal Thierry Henry enjoys with Sky, but puts him ahead of the top earners at RTÉ including Ryan Tubridy, Ray D'Arcy, Marian Finucane and Joe Duffy, along with Pat Kenny and George Hook at Newstalk.

The latest figures for RTÉ's top earner Tubridy showed that he shared directors' pay with his mother, Catherine, totalling €598,717 last year - almost €100,000 less than Niall and Gillian Quinn earned from Quinn's firm.

Gillian and Niall Quinn Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Gillian and Niall Quinn Photo: Frank Mc Grath

Accounts for the top earner in the private broadcasting sector in Ireland, Newstalk's Pat Kenny, showed that he and his wife Kathy shared pay of €430,066 from Kenny's media firm last year.

However, Quinn - who recently celebrated his 50th birthday - still lags behind Ireland's top paid broadcaster Graham Norton, who lives in the UK and received a whopping £2.14m (€2.3m) in fees last year for presenting his BBC show.

The Quinns were able to add to their coffers earlier this year when they got €1.95m from the sale of their six-bedroom Kildare home.

However, Quinn's buying power from his Sky salary here will be hit by the plummeting value of Sterling as a result of the Brexit referendum.

The figures for NQMS showed that the total pay to four employees at the firm, including the Quinns, last year totalled €745,590.

The firm's accumulated profits at the end of last year stood at €649,665, largely as a result of the €755,321 owed to the firm.

The firm's cash pile last year increased from €68,149 to €89,947.

Capped 92 times by Ireland, Quinn enjoyed a successful playing career in the UK lining out for Arsenal, Man City and Sunderland before becoming chairman of Sunderland.

The figures showed that Quinn last year advanced €577,966 to the firm and was repaid €581,250.

Irish Independent

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