Sunday 22 April 2018

'Nice work if you can get it' still the motto at RTE

The earnings of RTE's top stars continue to defy all commercial reality, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

RTé's top 5 highest paid stars 2014
RTé's top 5 highest paid stars 2014

Eilis O'Hanlon

Colm who? That's what many must have been asking after a certain name appeared on last week's list of RTE's top earners.

Colm Hayes currently presents Weekend Breakfast on 2FM, but in 2014, the year for which these most recent published figures apply, he was host of the "yoof" station's drivetime show, for which the former pirate-radio DJ was apparently receiving the princely sum of €169,992 each year.

Should we begrudge him his good fortune? Stars are paid what they can negotiate. There are no rules as such. Hayes was in demand and being rewarded accordingly.

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