RTE salaries raise a few eye-brows in the wake of the BBC salary rows
Seven of the top ten earners from Ireland’s state broadcaster are men, as shown by the salaries revealed of the network’s top stars in 2015.
It comes just weeks after BBC published its star salaries for the first time, and showed that Claudia Winkleman was the only female to appear in the top ten list. In fact, Britain’s national broadcaster caused a stir when it showed that two-thirds of its top earners were men.
In 2015, RTE paid top earner Ryan Tubridy, who hosts a daily radio show and The Late Late Show on TV, €495,000 (£443,000). Ray D’Arcy, who returned to RTE after a successful reign on Today FM, came in at number 2, on a salary of €400,000 (£361,000).
“Ray D’Arcy is now on less than he was in his previous employment, and he’s doing a TV show and radio five days a week,” said Willie O’Reilly, RTE’s Group Commercial Director.
“RTE has got Ray on to our station for less than he was on elsewhere”, he added.
The top women are Miriam O’Callaghan, in fourth place with €299,000 (£267,000), and Marian Finucane in fifth with €295,000 (£264,000). It comes after it emerged that news presenter Sharon Ni Bheolain was paid €80,000 (£72,250) less than her co-anchor Bryan Dobson.
RTÉ Director-General, Dee Forbes, said: “The audited figures released today for 2015 sees RTÉ maintain our commitment to reduce these earnings by 30 per cent as compared to 2008 levels, while continuing to value the significant contribution our presenters make to public media and to RTÉ’s ability to optimise commercial revenue to support our public services.
“This will continue to be an area of focus for me, as I look to reduce costs across the organisation.
“The issue of gender pay is an important one. It is crucial to understand, in terms of the Top 10 figures released today, that many factors influence presenter fees – there are significant variations in programme commitments, broadcast hours and audience numbers.
“As stated recently, RTÉ’s new Director of Human Resources, Eimear Cusack, has initiated a review of role and gender equality across the organisation. In parallel with that, I will also be working with channel and station management to look at greater representational equality in terms of the make-up of our contributor panels.”