Wednesday 20 September 2017

John Boland: RTÉ not seizing opportunities to be more equal

With only three women featuring in RTÉ’s top 10, it’s hard not to be sceptical of its claim that as an 'equal opportunities employer' it 'takes its obligations very seriously'.
With only three women featuring in RTÉ’s top 10, it’s hard not to be sceptical of its claim that as an 'equal opportunities employer' it 'takes its obligations very seriously'.

John Boland

The best-paid 10 at RTÉ are now getting 34pc less than they were nine years ago. That's the good news. The bad news is they're still making astronomical amounts.

There was outrage recently when the BBC released the salaries of its highest-earning stars, and certainly some of the figures were daft - Chris Evans, for instance, pocketing £2.2m (€2.4m) a year, despite the fact that his brief reign at 'Top Gear' was a ratings calamity; and Gary Lineker getting £1.8m (€2m)for his bland hosting of 'Match of the Day'.

But unlike RTÉ, the Beeb can argue that at least it caters for a huge audience, and thus pays accordingly. So what's the excuse of Montrose, with its relatively teensy audience, for paying Ryan Tubridy €495,000 or Ray D'Arcy €400,000?

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