Wednesday 21 February 2018

RTÉ spent €50,000 on hotels for chat show celebrities

Dublin’s five-star Conrad Hotel
Dublin’s five-star Conrad Hotel

Gordon Deegan

RTÉ spent almost €50,000 last year on putting up celebrities and other guests in luxury Dublin hotels after appearing on 'The Late Late Show' and 'The Ray D'Arcy Show'.

A number of the celebrities stayed in the five-star Conrad and Dylan hotels, two of the six hotels that secured an RTÉ contract to accommodate station guests in 2015.

Figures released by RTÉ in response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request confirm that RTÉ spent a total of €30,428 last year on accommodating guests who appeared on Ryan Tubridy's 'The Late Late Show', which works out at an average of €822 per show.

In addition, RTÉ spent a further €18,857 on accommodating guests appearing on 'The Ray D'Arcy Show' - or an average of €608 per show.

Advertised room rates for the Conrad show you can book a room from €387, for a king superior room, to €1,913, for the presidential suite, per night next Friday, while nightly room rates for the same weekend at the boutique Dylan hotel start at €229 and go up to €569.

However, the rates RTÉ pays under the contract would be substantially lower than the advertised rates.

The contract awarded by RTÉ for the hotels is to accommodate celebrity guests, presenters, contributors, advisors and external guests for all of its programming.

In total, eight hotels pitched for the business and other hotels included in RTÉ's hotel partnership include the Ballsbridge Hotel in D4, Bewley's Hotel, Ballsbridge, the Radisson Blu at Stillorgan, and the Stillorgan Park Hotel.

Guests have to pay for their own alcohol and other refreshments.

RTÉ, in the tender, pointed out that the hotel partnership group "will be kept to a limited number to promote activity for the hotels within the group and to promote value for money for RTÉ".

Irish Independent

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