THE Government will today reappoint the RTE director general, Noel Curran (below), for another four years until February 2018.
Mr Curran was originally appointed in late 2010 to the job on a €250,000-a-year salary, which was more modest than those paid to many semi-state company bosses at the time.
He has been busy trying to cut the salaries paid to top-name broadcasters, and he has also been dealing with the internal and external fallout from a major libel payout to the priest, Fr Kevin Reynolds, arising from the 'Prime Time' programme slot.
Meanwhile, RTE spent €56,502 on its coverage of Nelson Mandela's funeral, it has emerged. The bill included €11,052 for accommodation and expenses for the five members of staff.
A further €5,744 was spent on airfares to South Africa, and on internal flights within the country for two staff members. A Freedom of Information request also revealed that RTE spent €29,776 on live satellite links back to Ireland.
An RTE spokesperson said that it spent the minimum amount of time in South Africa required to provide full coverage.