Saturday 18 November 2017

'I'm surprised at lack of women in RTE's top 10 earners' - Pamela Flood

Pamela Flood
Pamela Flood
Top of the world: Ronan Ryan and Pamela Flood at their new cafe, Counter Culture. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Pamela is happily married to restaurateur Ronan Ryan

Eimear Rabbitt

Presenter Pamela Flood has said she was surprised to learn that some of RTE’s biggest female stars are not among their top earners.

Last week, State broadcaster unveiled the salaries for its top 10 earners in 2014, with only two females – Miriam O’Callaghan and Marian Finucane – on the list.

Former RTE star Pamela said that equality should see the station’s leading female lights, including Kathryn Thomas (inset)and Claire Byrne, making it into that top 10.

“I think they should be,” the mum-of-three told the Herald. “All things being equal they should be, so that surprises me.”

Pamela is happily married to restaurateur Ronan Ryan
Pamela is happily married to restaurateur Ronan Ryan

Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy is the highest paid star at the Montrose station, earning €495,000 in 2014.

While Pamela admitted the salary is high, she reckons he is worth it.

“I would like that,” she said with a laugh.

“The amount of hours he would put in every week to deliver programmes is massive.

“People have this misconception that they swan into the studio, do a two-hour show and head off. Ryan is worth a lot of money, but maybe it is a lot when people are struggling now.”

The Tallaght native is enjoying motherhood after giving birth to a baby girl in December.

Her third child with husband Ronan Ryan, baby Gracie,

is sister to Elsie (3) and Harrison (5).

While she is enjoying getting to know her new addition, the 44-year-old is hoping to get back to work this year and is currently waiting on the green light for her TV3 documentary Geriatric Mothers.

A presenter on RTE fashion show Off the Rails for many years, Pamela said that her lifestyle is now “very far removed” from that line of work.

“It’s not that I don’t enjoy fashion, I just don’t care about it very much at the moment,” she said.

“I’m sure when the kids are a bit older and I have more me-time again I

will probably care more, but at the moment I am all about babies and food and homey stuff.”

Pamela was on hand yesterday to launch Bord Bia’s GroMór 2016, a nationwide campaign to get the country growing.


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