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RTÉ's top-10 earners list has three women and Tubridy on top

Ray D’Arcy comes straight into the list at number two.

Ryan Tubridy, Miriam O'Callaghan, Kathryn Thomas and Claire Byrne. All but Thomas are among RTÉ's top 10 earners.
Ryan Tubridy, Miriam O'Callaghan, Kathryn Thomas and Claire Byrne. All but Thomas are among RTÉ's top 10 earners.

RYAN TUBRIDY IS RTE’s highest paid presenter, earning close to €500,000-a-year, according to new salary stats for 2015 released by the station.

Of the top 10 highest-paid presenters at the station, three are women.

Three are employees at the station while the other seven provide their services as contractors to the national broadcaster.

The top 10 list contains four people who were not in the top 10 in the previous year. They are: Ray D’Arcy, Claire Byrne, Nicky Byrne and Darragh Maloney.

The top 10 highest-earning presenters on RTÉ is as follows:

  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)

The fees paid to RTÉ’s presenters have come into sharper focus after a huge controversy erupted in the UK after the publication of fees paid to BBC staff revealed an obvious gender pay-gap among the broadcaster’s high-earners.

Claire Byrne’s presence among RTÉ’s highest earners means there are three women in the top 10 for 2015 compared to two for 2014.

PastedImage-48704 Source: RTÉ

RTÉ’s director-general Dee Forbes addressed the question of gender pay equality as the broadcaster released its figures today, stating that RTÉ is reviewing the representation of women in terms of pay and on-air presence.

Forbes added that “many factors” influence the fees paid to presenters including “programme commitments, broadcast hours and audience numbers”.

Forbes said that broadcaster had “initiated a review of role and gender equality across the organisation”.

“In parallel with that, I will also be working with channel and station management to look at greater representational equality in terms of the makeup of our contributor panels.”

Read: Female BBC journalists write open letter to boss saying he ‘can do better’ on gender pay-gap >

Read: RTÉ refutes claims it has been paying ‘secret bonuses’ to staff >

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