Tuesday 24 October 2017

You think you have it hard? Pity poor Pat and Marian

John Boland

Spare a thought for Marian Finucane. She's on air for an arduous two hours on Saturday mornings and then for an equally gruelling two hours on Sunday mornings, and RTE expects her to survive on a trifling €295,000 a year.

Break that down and the figures are even more stark.

Allowing for the summer and winter holidays she needs in order to recover from her exhausting workload, she's in the weekend Radio 1 studio for about 40 weeks of the year. That's 160 hours of annual broadcasting at the derisory rate of under €2,000 an hour. Even Premiership footballers get to earn more than that!

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