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Pat Kenny is still top of RTE pay league -- despite loss of €250,000

New figures show 10 highest-paid presenters still raking in massive salaries

Published 12/11/2011 | 05:00

Joe Duffy
2008: €408,889
2009: €389,314
Fall: €19,575 and Pat Kenny
2008: €950,976
2009: €729,604
Fall: €221,372
Joe Duffy 2008: €408,889 2009: €389,314 Fall: €19,575 and Pat Kenny 2008: €950,976 2009: €729,604 Fall: €221,372
Miriam O'Callaghan 2008: €301,667 2009: €290,625 Fall: €11,042 and Ryan Tubridy 2008: €533,333 2009: €519,667 Fall: €13,666
Marian Finucane 2008: €570,000 2009: €513,270 Fall: €56,730
Gerry Ryan 2008: €629,865, 2009: €585,944 Fall: €43,921
Eamon Dunphy 2008: €328,051 2009: €225,485 Fall: €102,566 and Sean O'Rourke 2008: €218,656 2009: €214,084 Fall: €4,572 and Derek Mooney 2008: €286,809 2009: €268,985 Fall: €17,824

RTE star Pat Kenny's pay dropped by almost €250,000 from his annual pay packet when he left 'The Late Late Show' in 2009, according to the latest salary figures released by RTE last night.

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But despite this, the 63-year-old host of 'Today With Pat Kenny' on RTE Radio One and the TV current-affairs show 'Frontline' was still the state broadcaster's top earner that year, taking in €729,604, the 2009 earnings figures for RTE's top 10 presenters reveal.

Prior to leaving 'The Late Late Show' in the summer of 2009, Mr Kenny earned €950,976 in 2008 -- a difference of €221,372. His reduced salary also reflected voluntary pay cuts agreed among freelance contractors of up to 12.5pc.

Pundit and broadcaster Eamon Dunphy also suffered a massive drop in his salary that year when he left RTE Radio One's 'Conversations With Eamon Dunphy.'

He went from the number six spot in 2008, earning €328,051, to number eight a year later, earning €225,485 -- a difference of €102,566.

But the late Gerry Ryan, who died in April 2010, retained his position as the second most highly paid broadcaster in Ireland despite seeing his salary cut by €43,921 from €629,865 in 2008 to €585,944 in 2009.

Ryan Tubridy unseated Marian Finucane at number three, earning €519,667 in 2009 when he took over 'The Late Late Show' in September 2009.

His fee compared with Ms Finucane's €513,270 salary in 2009 as the fourth-highest-paid broadcaster that year.

'Liveline' presenter Joe Duffy retained his position as the fifth highest paid on €389,314 -- a drop of €19,575 over 2008.

Pensions

Miriam O'Callaghan moved into sixth spot from seventh the previous year, earning €290,625 in 2009 as the presenter of 'Prime Time' and 'Miriam Meets'. This compares with €301,667 in 2008.

Derek Mooney moved up to seventh spot from eighth, despite suffering a 10pc staff pay cut. He took in €268,985 in 2009, compared with €286,809 the previous year.

News and current affairs presenter Sean O'Rourke came in at ninth with €214,084. His pay was also subject to a 10pc pay cut as a staff employee.

Meanwhile, radio host Colm Hayes was in 10th spot on an salary of €213,954.

The salaries, which were released two years in arrears each year for contractual reasons, reflect an overall reduction in salaries of 11.2pc, from €4.45m in 2008 to €3.95m in 2009.

Pension provisions are included in the pay packet for the two staff presenters. The eight others, who are contractors are not entitled to employer pension benefits, according to RTE.

Despite the six-figure salaries, RTE last night insisted that the salaries represented just a fraction -- slightly more than 1pc -- of the broadcaster's overall operating costs.

Irish Independent

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