Saturday 19 April 2014

Duffy lashes out at RTE's changes to Tubridy's show

BROADCASTER Joe Duffy has criticised RTE's attempts to revamp the morning show of his colleague Ryan Tubridy.

The 'Late Late Show' host has suffered an 87,000 drop in listeners to his 2fm show during the past year.

But Mr Duffy, who claims RTE is "in a panic" over the losses, believes recent changes to the programme will lose more listeners.

"They made a mistake in getting rid of the review of the papers. I think that's a bad idea. They have to have the confidence to stick with what they decide," he said.

Discussing his pay, which was €389,314 in 2009, the Ballyfermot-born radio star said he considered himself and his 'Liveline' show "good value" for RTE.

His colleague Derek Mooney, another of RTE's top earners, last night defended his wage packet.

Mr Mooney earned €268,985 in 2009 -- a decrease of about 6.2pc on €286,809 in 2008.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, he said he "understood" why people would be critical of his wage but added he had taken three wage cuts and was happy to take more.

"I do understand why there has been criticism. In fact, one man wrote to me the other day complaining about my salary and I understood why so I wrote back to him," he said.

Yesterday, broadcasting from Dublin's Grand Canal Theatre, the Mooney show broke the world record for the most people dressed as leprechauns in one place -- getting 262 to beat the previous record of 224.

Irish Independent

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