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Tough times ahead for RTE but not for its stars

RTE is worried. Its €441,000-a-year director general has warned staff that there are tough times ahead. But there is no sign yet that DG Cathal Goan plans to do a Carol Vorderman on his own stars such as Pat Kenny or Gerry Ryan.

Vorderman is one of the big names in British television. She had been earning £1.2m, or about €1.5m, for fronting Channel 4's flagship gameshow, Countdown. But then she was offered a pay cut of 90 per cent, and walked out last month after 26 years.

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