RTE spend €290,501 on the 'Late Late Show' in 2012
RTE spent €290,501 on producing Ryan Tubridy’s ‘Late Late Show’ in 2012, the Irish Independent can reveal.
The figures, which were released under the Freedom of Information Act, show that the national broadcaster spent € 122,018 – an average of € 3,298 per episode – on guests to appear on their flagship entertainment programme every Friday night.
This excludes any guest who featured on the show to promote a project, as RTE does not pay a fee to contributors who are publicising a film, album, book or production.
The broadcaster also paid €150,602 – down €9,795 from last year - for flights, accommodation and transfers for guests to be able to travel to Dublin.
An average of €4,070 was signed off on per episode to make sure those taking to the chair opposite host Tubridy arrived in RTE’s Donnybrook Studio on time and had a comfortable stay while in town.
The station made sure that no glass was empty in the ‘Late Late Show’ green room either, footing a total bill of €17,881 on food and drink for the year.
This included soft drinks, beer, wine, spirits, sandwiches and hospitality disposables.
An average of €483 was spent each week on these refreshments for guests.
RTE refused to disclose exact fees paid to individual guests that featured on the show, claiming this was “commercially sensitive”.
In addition, they declined to release details about the Friday night slot’s 2013 spend – the second half of the most recent season - stating that it does not provide information on the amounts spent on a programme during the current financial year on the basis that this year is not complete or audited.
An RTE spokesperson said that every effort was made to keep costs down.
“The Late Late Show remains one of RTÉ’s top rating programmes, week on week, year on year. Every effort was made across both seasons to deliver a high calibre entertainment series on a cost competitive basis.”
In the latest season of the programme, spanning from September 2012 to May 2013, one in six people to be interviewed by Tubridy were well known RTE faces.