RTE'S NEW golden boy Sean O'Rourke has yet to get a pay rise for taking over the Today programme on Radio One.
The 58-year-old staffer believes he will be 'well rewarded' for replacing Pat Kenny on the flagship show, but has still not hammered out a deal.
"Nothing is finalised or settled. It has all been done on a handshake. I trust Jim Jennings and Noel Curran," O'Rourke said of his meetings with acting head of RTE Radio and RTE DG.
"Negotiations? That word does not apply to whatever conversations were going on.
"I wanted the job and was going to take it and accept what I was offered. I don't have an agent and I am not going to start now," he said.
RTE confirmed last night that it planned to back his new show with TV and radio promos and an outside billboard campaign.
But Jennings said RTE's budgets would be well short of the €1m Newstalk is reportedly spending on Kenny's show.
"If RTE had a million, we would be spending it on programmes.
"That said, I can understand that Newstalk see this as a key point in their development. They see this as make or break.
"If they are ever going to do it, they are going to do it with Pat," said Jennings.