Thursday 22 February 2018

Revealed: Top 10 highest earning RTE presenters - Tubridy earns €250k less per year than in 2012

RTE has revealed the salaries for its top ten highest earning presenters - who earned a combined €2,665,364 in 2014 alone.

RTE stars Ryan Tubridy, Sean O'Rourke and Miriam O'Callaghan
RTE stars Ryan Tubridy, Sean O'Rourke and Miriam O'Callaghan

Aoife Kelly and Brian O'Reilly

RTE has revealed the salaries for its top ten highest earning presenters - who earned a combined €2,665,364 in 2014 alone.

Releasing the figures this afternoon, the state broadcaster revealed it had cut the amount its top ten presenters were paid by 40pc between 2008 and 2014.

In 2008 Pat Kenny was the highest earning contractor at RTE, taking €950,967 that year, followed by Gerry Ryan at €629,865, Marian Finucane at €570,000 and Ryan Tubridy at €533,333.

Joe Duffy and Miriam O'Callaghan came in fifth and sixth in terms of earnings with €408,889 and €301,667 respectively.

Pat Kenny
Pat Kenny

By 2014 Ryan Tubridy was the highest earning contractor with fees earned of €495,000 despite the fact that he had earned more in 2008. (The figures show that his salary soared to €752,950 in 2012 before being cut back significantly.)

Joe Duffy came in second with earnings of €416,893, which is slightly more than his fees earned for 2008.

Marian Finucane received fees of €295,000 in third place, almost half her fees for 2008, while Miriam O'Callaghan's fees dropped by about €20,000 to €280,445 in 2014.

Sean O'Rourke, who had been ranked tenth in 2008 with fees of €218,656, was ranked fourth in 2014 with increased fees of €290,096.

RTE top paid presenters fees earned and rankings 2008
RTE top paid presenters fees earned and rankings 2008

Top 10 RTE presenter salaries in 2014:

10. Derek Mooney - €168,871 (- €117,938 on 2008)

9. Colm Hayes - €169,992 (Not in 2008 top ten)

RTE top paid presenters' fees earned 2012, 2013, 2104
RTE top paid presenters' fees earned 2012, 2013, 2104

8. Richard Crowley - €174, 120 (Not in 2008 top ten)

7. George Lee - €179,031 (Not in 2008 top ten)

6. Bryan Dobson - €195,816 (Not in 2008 top ten)

5. Miriam O'Callaghan - €280,445 (-€21,222 on 2008)

4. Sean O'Rourke - €290,096 (+€71,440 on 2008)

3. Marian Finucane - €295,000 (-€275,000 on 2008)

2. Joe Duffy - €416,893 (+€8,004 on 2008)

1. Ryan Tubridy €495,000 (-€38,333 on 2008)

 

The departure of Pat Kenny from RTE in 2013 and the loss of the late Gerry Ryan significantly reduced expenditure on fees at RTE and contributed towards the total reduction in fees of 40 per cent.

RTE's Director General had previously made a commitment to the Oireachtast Joint Committee on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to publish information on top talent earnings.

RTE had committed to reducing fees by 30 per cent for the period but has exceeded this by 10 per cent.

“With our commitment to reducing top talent presenter fees by over 30% we acknowledged that fees were too high in the past and needed to be reduced," said RTÉ Director-General, Noel Curran.

"The audited figures released today for 2012, 2013 and 2014 see RTÉ exceed our public commitment to significantly reduce the fees paid to our on-air talent, while continuing to value the contribution they make to our public service.

"The reductions come as part of a comprehensive programme of reform which has taken place across the organisation in recent years and which has helped RTÉ deliver a break-even financial result in each of the last two years.”

The total Top 10 presenter earnings for 2014 represents less than 1% of RTÉ’s total operating costs in 2014 and less than 2% of total personnel related operating costs.

RTÉ has reduced its 2014 operating costs by almost €130 million compared to 2008 levels, which represents a reduction of 29%.

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