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Sandra Mallon

RTE reveals 10 highest-paid presenters - with one star earning an extra €100,000 in three years

Ryan Tubridy has been named as RTE’S top earner – as the national broadcaster revealed its top talent took a 15% pay cut.

RTE published the salary earned by its top-tier talent at the station in 2020 and 2021.

Tubridy, once again, tops the list earning €440,00 in 2021. He earned €466,250 in 2020.

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Joe Duffy has jumped second on the list. The Liveline host earns more than Ray D’Arcy, who was previously ranked second place. Duffy earned €351,000 in 2021. In 2020, the Ballyfermot native earned €360,650.

Ray D’Arcy did not take a pay cut in 2021. In 2020, the presenter earned €305,000 compared to the €450,000 he raked in in 2019. His 2021 salary remained at €305,000.

RTE Director-General, Dee Forbes, said: “Today we are publishing the fees paid to RTE's highest-paid presenters for 2020 and 2021, which confirms a total reduction of more than 15%.

"Our presenters play an important role in RTE'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.

"We are aware that the fees of high-profile presenters attract considerable public interest. Over the past 15 years RTE has reduced these fees by c. 40%. We continue to keep them under review."

Claire Byrne has climbed her way up the ladder and is now RTE’s fourth highest-paid presenter.

In 2019, she earned €250,000 presenting her radio show on RTE Radio One as well as hosting Claire Byrne Live. New figures show Claire got a pay rise in 2020, earning her a total of €282,917. In 2021, her salary went up again, earning an extra €67,083 as a pay increase.

Her 2021 salary now stands at €350,000. She no longer hosts her Monday night current affairs TV show since stepping down last May.

Miriam O’Callaghan remains the fifth highest-paid presenter. The radio and TV star earned €263,500 in 2020 and in 2021. In 2019, she raked in €320,000.

Brendan O’Connor falls into sixth place on the table. He had two pay rises between 2020 and 2021. In 2019, the radio presenter earned €220,000. In 2020, he took home a salary of €238,753. But in 2021 his salary shot up again to €245,004.

News at One host Bryan Dobson – who is an employee of RTE – is the station’s seventh highest-paid earner. Figures show Dobbo took a pay cut between 2020 and 2021.

In 2019, the former Six One News host raked in €209,282. In 2020, he got a pay rise, bringing his total salary to €217,332. But in 2021, his salary dropped back again to €209,282.

Morning Ireland host Mary Wilson – who is also staff at the station – also took a pay cut. In 2019, she earned €196,961. In 2020, her salary went up to €204,537. In 2021, it dropped back to down to 2019 figures. Mary is the eighth highest-paid presenter at RTE.

Darragh Moloney – who didn’t appear in the top list for 2019 – is now the ninth highest-paid presenter. He earned €190,804 in 2020 but Darragh then took a pay cut in 2021, leaving him with a salary of €183,738.

In 2020, Aine Lawlor was the station’s tenth highest-paid presenter, earning €183,662 but she dropped off the table and was overtaken by reporter George Lee who in 2021 earned €179,131.


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