Tuesday 26 September 2017

Graham Norton is laughing all the way to the bank, earning €2.8m last year

Graham Norton earned €2.83m in fees last year
Graham Norton earned €2.83m in fees last year

Gordon Deegan

Chat show host and comedian, Graham Norton remains Ireland's best paid broadcaster earning a whopping €2.83m (£2.33m) in fees last year.

The popular BBC presenter is laughing all the way to the bank as the £2.33m he received in presenter fees, production fees along with royalties follows on from the £2.6m he earned in 2012.

That same year, Norton shared £10m up front with his business partner, Graham Stuart from the sale of their So Television company to ITV.

The pay-out to Norton confirms that the 51-year-old clocks up over €1,700 in fees and royalties for every minute he is presenting his top-rated Graham Norton show that continues to attract Hollywood A-listers on BBC1 every Friday night.

In the current series alone, Norton has interviewed Russell Crowe, Cameron Diaz, Kylie Minogue and our own Michael Fassbender and Imelda May.

The fees received by Norton dwarfs the fees paid to RTE's top earners with recent figures showing that Ryan Tubridy is the best paid at €495,000 per annum.

The Graham Norton Show is the main earner for So Television Ltd and new figures just lodged with Companies House show that pre-tax profits at the firm declined by 22pc from £2.34m to £1.8m in the 12 months to the end of July 31, 2013. This followed revenues at the firm declining by 12pc from £13.59m to £11.98m.

In the deal with ITV on the sale of So Television, ITV agreed to pay £10m up front while a further £7m will be payable depending on its performance up to July 2016.

Last May, the Graham Norton Show won the Best Entertainment Programme BAFTA award and Norton has been nominated for two BAFTAs this year.

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