Tuesday 20 February 2018

RTÉ won't reveal salaries of top stars until 2018

(L to R) Ray D'Arcy, Miriam O'Callaghan and Ryan Tubridy
(L to R) Ray D'Arcy, Miriam O'Callaghan and Ryan Tubridy
‘Late, Late Show’ host Ryan Tubridy is RTÉ’s best-paid presenter and commands annual fees of €495,000 for his services.
Dee Forbes, Director General of RTE. Photo: David Conachy
Marian Finucane is one of the highest paid presenters on RTE
Ray D'Arcy Picture: Andres Poveda
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

RTÉ has "no plans" to release the salaries of its top earners until 2018.

The revelation came after the national broadcaster announced this week it plans to make 200 to 300 staff redundant having lost €100m in revenue since 2008.

The decision not to release salary details this year means Ray D'Arcy's pay packet will not be released until next year, over three years after he returned to the station in 2014.

D'Arcy's salary, rumoured to be in the region of €500,000, has been a source of great controversy. It was brought up in the Dáil in 2014, with TDs calling for greater levels of transparency within RTÉ.

Ray D'Arcy Picture: Andres Poveda
Ray D'Arcy Picture: Andres Poveda

RTÉ began publishing the details of the incomes of top-tier presenters during Cathal Goan's tenure as director general. They are released every second year. As they were published last year, RTÉ is under no obligation to release any further information until 2018.

Asked if it would be releasing details of individual salaries, such as D'Arcy's, a spokesperson said: "RTÉ does not comment on individual salaries."

They also stressed that RTÉ presenters are "not necessarily" the top earning broadcasters in the country.

"But RTÉ is the only media organisation that discloses pay details," the spokesperson said.

Marian Finucane is one of the highest paid presenters on RTE
Marian Finucane is one of the highest paid presenters on RTE

Last year, RTÉ announced a 40pc reduction in fees paid to the top 10 earners compared to 2008 figures.

Earlier this week, director general Dee Forbes defended the high salaries of presenters such as Ryan Tubridy - who is paid €495,000.

"Those salaries are 1pc of RTÉ's total cost base. Our top talent is no longer the only talent in Ireland, and to ensure that you have strong voices and faces of the organisation, talent is important."

Dee Forbes, Director General of RTE. Photo: David Conachy
Dee Forbes, Director General of RTE. Photo: David Conachy

Irish Independent

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