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RTÉ to conduct review of gender equality after salary criticisms

The broadcaster also said it will bring forward the publication of fees paid to its top 10 most highly-paid presenters.
Jul 24th 2017, 1:48 PM 21,181 95

RTÉ HAS SAID it will conduct a review of ‘role and gender equality’ across the organisation following criticism over the weekend of its salary structure.

The Sunday Independent highlighted the fact that RTÉ news presenter Sharon Ní Bheoláin earns €60,000 – €80,000 less than her co-anchor Bryan Dobson. Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has also said that he wants the state broadcaster to publish the salaries of all of those who earn over €100,000 a year, following the release by BBC last week of a list of its highest earners.

In a statement today, RTÉ said it will bring forward the publication of fees paid to its top 10 most highly-paid presenters, and expects to release details shortly.

“In line with our public commitment RTÉ has been publishing details of the fees of its top ten highest earners for a number of years,” the broadcaster said. It also drew attention to figures it released in 2015, which revealed 101 people earned more than €100,000 that year.

There were 24 people in the €150,001 to €250,000 bracket.

Source: RTÉ

RTÉ also said a review of role and gender equality across the organisation will take place. However, the broadcaster pointed out that it complies with all obligations under legislation.

“As an equal opportunities employer with a close-to 50/50 gender split across the organisation, RTÉ takes its obligations very seriously.”

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