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Kenny, Ryan, Tubridy Top Earners at RTÉ in 2009
14 Nov 2011 : By Ciara Drohan
Pat Kenny
Last Friday saw RTÉ release figures detailing the earnings of its top ten earning presenters for 2009. The figures, which are released by RTÉ as part of an on-going process of voluntary disclosure by the broadcaster, detailed that the total of earnings of the top ten presenters in 2009 was €3.95m.

This figure was a reduction of 11.2% on the 2008 total of €4.45m. The total also represents just over 1% of RTÉ’s operating costs of €389.4m for 2009 and about 2% of personnel-related operating costs. In 2009 the total cost of RTÉ staff wages and salaries reduced by 8.6% from €150.17m to €137.24m. The cuts in salaries were agreed by RTÉ staff as part of an overall programme in cost reduction which took effect from 1st July 2009.

RTÉ also reduced its staff numbers from 2,144 to 2,035 by end 2009, reducing its overall operating costs by 15% or €71m approximately. The top three on the top earners list were Pat Kenny with an annual salary of just over €700,000; the late Gerry Ryan was second with an annual salary of close to €600,000. ‘The Late Late Show’ host Ryan Tubridy came in with a salary of close to €520,000 a year.

Other RTÉ talents included on the list were radio presenters Marian Finucane, on €513,270 and Joe Duffy on €389,314. ‘Primetime’s Miriam O’Callaghan also made the list on €290, 625 a year along with Derek Mooney, €268,985, Eamon Dunphy, €225, 485, Sean O’Rourke, €214,084 and finally Colm Caffrey on €213, 954 a year.

RTÉ Director General Noel Curran stated on June 10 2011 that, “Financial constraints dictate that fee levels must reduce markedly from those applying in previous years. In 2009 an undertaking was given to significantly reduce the fee levels applying to the top ten earners, as contracts came up for renewal. RTÉ intends that by the time all of the existing contracts have been revisited, by end 2013.”

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