Ryan Tubridy remains the highest-paid presenter on RTÉ, pulling in nearly €450,000 last year.
The national broadcaster this afternoon released its top ten earners list for 2021, with seven men and three women making the list.
The top ten are:
- Ryan Tubridy | €440,000
- Joe Duffy | €351,000
- Claire Byrne | €350,000
- Ray Darcy |€305,000
- Miriam O’Callaghan | €263,000
- Brendan O’Connor | €245,004
- Bryan Dobson | €209,282
- Mary Wilson | €196,961
- Darragh Maloney | €183,738
- George Lee | €179,131
RTÉ Director General Dee Forbes said the figures show that the broadcaster reduced the fees it pays to its highest-paid presenters by more than 15% in both 2020 and 2021.
“Our presenters play an important role in RTÉ’s provision of vital news, information and entertainment to audiences right across the country and enable us to generate commercial revenue which is essential to fund RTÉ’s public services,” she said.
“We are aware that the fees of high-profile presenters attract considerable public interest. Over the past 15 years, RTÉ has reduced these fees by [around] 40%.
“We continue to keep them under review.”
The broadcaster said its presenter fees represent less than 1% of its total operating costs.