RTÉ released their salary bill yesterday and it revealed Tubs earned a whopping €495,000 in 2014 for his unique style of bland TV presentation and pro establishment propaganda.
Whineline presenter Joe Duffy earned €417,000, Marian Finucane was paid €295,000 for her taxing two days a week graft on the radio, Sean O’Rourke made over €290,000 and Miriam O’Callaghan was paid over €240,000.
Some of the other high earners were news reader Bryan Dobson who made €195k, economist and failed politician George Lee who earned €179,000 and the amazingly multi-talented Derek Mooney who picked up €168,000.
RTÉ says the salary bill for its top presenters has been reduced by 40% in recent years.
The broadcaster’s Director-General, Noel Curran, said yesterday:
“The audited figures released today for 2012, 2013 and 2014 see RTÉ exceed our public commitment to significantly reduce the fees paid to our on-air talent, while continuing to value the contribution they make to our public service.
“The reductions come as part of a comprehensive programme of reform which has taken place across the organisation in recent years and which has helped RTÉ deliver a break-even financial result in each of the last two years.”
Since taking over presenting The Late Late Show from Pat Kenny in 2009 Tubridy has come in for quite a bit of stick. A few years ago Helen O’Rahilly, a former director of television at RTÉ, branded the show as ‘utter shite.’
In an online article she slated the show and Tubridy’s handling of interviews.
“If I was back in charge of RTE, you wouldn’t see this utter shite on Friday night,” she said.
“The opinion seems to be, ‘Let’s get whoever is in town, who’s flogging books, who’s flogging movies’. I haven’t seen the Late Late set the agenda in a long time, other than when Ryan is giving out about people slagging him on Twitter.”
RTÉ has had to cut its coverage of many sporting events due to lack of money in recent years and last year even lost the Six Nations Rugby from 2018 on to TV3 so they can continue to pay for wonderful work like this
The usual answer from the state broadcaster when asked about the excessively high salaries they pay their presenters for broadcasting in a little backwater like Ireland is that if they didn’t give them so much money they would be surely snapped up by other media companies who are only mad off the head to get their hands on our talent.