RETIRED newscaster Anne Doyle has insisted that Bryan Dobson is "worth every penny" of his salary.
RTE's 'Six One' anchor Dobson is one of the station's top 10 earners, according to recently released figures. In 2011 he was paid €197,936.
Former colleague Doyle (61), who spent 33 years in the RTE newsroom, told the Irish Independent that Dobson deserves his pay packet. "I honestly think he's worth every penny, and more," Doyle said.
"He actually has a contribution that I certainly, without vanity or humility, I could never have made. In terms of what he does and going with rolling news situations, he's fantastic."
Doyle said that the wages of contractors such as Ryan Tubridy and Marian Finucane were more realistic now. RTE figures show it is paying its top 10 stars a total of €3m this year – down from €4.5m in 2008.
Doyle was speaking at the opening of the Active Retirement Ireland Trade and Tourism Show in Wexford.