'Fair City' actors get extra pay for soap to go online
Published 01/03/2011 | 05:00
'FAIR City' actors are in line for extra pay in return for agreeing to the soap being put on the RTE online player.
Billed as the most comprehensive online TV catch-up service, the RTE Player does not currently offer the broadcaster's flagship soap.
That is despite it offering users past-episodes of UK soaps including 'EastEnders' and 'The Bill' as well as Australian and New Zealand series 'Home & Away', 'Doctors', and 'Shortland Street'.
An RTE spokeswoman said: "We currently don't have on-demand rights for 'Fair City' on the RTE Player.
"For those fans who have missed an episode of 'Fair City', they can catch a repeat the following day at 3pm on RTE One."
Cast members are likely to be in line for extra pay in return for agreement on the online rights, though no figures have been disclosed.
A station source explained the "on-demand rights" issue relates to existing contracts.
"It's a brand new online platform which hadn't even been thought of when the contracts were originally being drawn up for 'Fair City'. That's why more recent RTE shows like 'Raw' are available on the RTE Player but not 'Fair City'," said the RTE source.
However the RTE spokeswoman said the station hoped to resolve the matter "soon" after the rights package "had been agreed with all parties in 'Fair City'".