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Fear drives golden-handcuff pay deals

RTE giving its stars fat-cat salaries to avoid losing them is no long-term solution, says Colum Kenny

Published 31/03/2013 | 05:00

BIG MONEY: RTE will pay Miriam O’Callaghan €211,167 this year, but how motivated are its stars to roll up their sleeves?
BIG MONEY: RTE will pay Miriam O’Callaghan €211,167 this year, but how motivated are its stars to roll up their sleeves?

If RTE's highest earners are being paid a rate that is commercially justifiable, then how come RTE's competitors cannot compete with the public service broadcaster when it comes to retaining the services of people such as Ryan Tubridy or Pat Kenny?

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Do the station's old hands such as Joe Duffy and George Hamilton stay in Donnybrook just because it is familiar and convenient?

Or is RTE binding them with golden handcuffs, paid for by money that is not available to TV3 or to other Irish competitors?

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