King of chat Graham Norton brings in €2,150 for every minute on TV
Chat show host and comedian Graham Norton remains Ireland's best-paid broadcaster, earning a whopping €3m in fees last year.
The popular and charismatic BBC presenter is in a league of his own as the £2.2m (€3m) he received in presenter fees, production fees and royalties follows on from the £2.4m (€3.5m) he earned in 2013.
The payout to Norton confirms that the 52-year-old clocks up over €2,150 in fees and royalties for every minute he is presenting his top-rated 'Graham Norton Show', which continues to attract Hollywood A-listers on BBC1 every Friday night.
Over the next couple of weeks, Norton is to interview George Clooney and Kylie Minogue. The fees received by Norton last year dwarfs those paid to RTE's top earners, with the most recent figures showing that Ryan Tubridy is the best paid taking in €495,000 per annum.
Born in Dublin and raised in Cork, Norton also added to his coffers last year with the publication of a second memoir, 'The Life and Loves of a He Devil'.
Still very much on top of his game, last Sunday, Norton won a TV BAFTA award for Comedy and Comedy Entertainment for the 'Graham Norton Show'.
The chat show is the main earner for So Television Ltd and new figures just lodged with Companies House show that its pre-tax profits increased by 14pc from £1.8m (€2.5m) to £2m (€3m) in the 12 months to the end of last July.
The firm's revenues declined by 12pc from £13.59m (€19m) to £11.98m (€16.7m).
The 'Graham Norton Show' is shown throughout the world with TV3 securing the Irish rights and in the year under review, Norton presented 31 episodes.
Two compilations were also screened.