RTÉ reveals fees earned by highest-paid presenters in 2015

Ryan Tubridy again tops the list, with all three top spots occupied by male presenters

RTÉ reveals fees earned by highest-paid presenters in 2015

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Ryan Tubridy was the highest-paid RTÉ presenter in 2015, the broadcaster has revealed.

New figures released by the state broadcaster show that the top three paid presenters are all men.

Mr Tubridy earned €495,000 in 2015, followed by Ray D'Arcy on €400,000 and Joe Duffy on just under €390,000.

Miriam O'Callaghan was the highest earning female presenter with €299,000, with Marian Finucane close behind on €295,000.

Four presenters - Ray D'Arcy, Claire Byrne, Nicky Byrne and Darragh Maloney - made the top 10 despite not appearing on the 2014 list.

Announcing the figures, RTÉ said the figures show a reduction of 34% compared to fees earned in 2008, and represent "less than 1%" of the broadcaster's total operating costs in 2015.

Speaking about the newly released figures, RTÉ Director-General Dee Forbes explained: "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."

She noted that the organisation is conducting a review of gender equality across the organisation.

Mrs Forbes added: "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."

RTÉ top earners 2015:

1. Ryan Tubridy - €495,000
2. Ray D'Arcy - €400,000
3. Joe Duffy - €389,988
4. Miriam O'Callaghan - €299,000
5. Marian Finucane - €295,000
6. Sean O'Rourke - €290,113
7. Claire Byrne - €201,500
8. Nicky Byrne - €200,583
9. Bryan Dobson - €195,913
10. Darragh Maloney - €188,803