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Ireland Not viable for RTÉ to pay presenters more than the Taoiseach - senior minister

14:30  08 november  2019
14:30  08 november  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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BUSINESS Minister Heather Humphreys has claimed that it is not viable for RTE presenters to be paid more than the Taoiseach . On Wednesday night, it was announced that the national broadcaster is set to cut 200 jobs and slash employee pay as part of a major financial restructure.

Earlier today Business Minister Heather Humphreys claimed that it is not viable for RTE presenters to be paid more than the Taoiseach . Rte staff should 'Grow up and face the real world'. An indefinite pay freeze will be introduced for all staff apart from senior management, who

Heather Humphreys wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Business Minister Heather Humphreys. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins Business Minister Heather Humphreys. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

A senior government minister has said it is not viable for RTÉ to pay some of its presenters more than the Taoiseach.

Business Minister Heather Humphreys made the comments in the wake of RTÉ’s announcement that it is to cut 200 jobs and reduce the pay of top presenters by 15pc in the coming years as part of a substantial cost-cutting plan.

However, Ms Humphreys suggested that it may have to further when it comes to its top earners, saying she did not personally believe it is viable for the broadcaster to continue paying salaries in excess of what Leo Varadkar earns.

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Taoiseach insists broadcaster’s financial problems run deeper than issues pertaining to licence fee. “This is about much more than the licence fee, but there won’t be a solution without RTÉ itself modernising and reforming Salaries for 10 highest- paid RTÉ presenters amounted to €3m in 2016.

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Ryan Tubridy © getty Ryan Tubridy RTÉ’s top 10 earners collectively took in just under €3m in fees in 2016. 'Late Late Show' presenter and radio host Ryan Tubridy had the highest pay, earning €495,000 in 2016, the same amount as in 2015. Mr Varadkar earns just over €200,000 a year.

“RTÉ obviously have a system where they want to attract various different presenters, and they have set those salaries themselves and it's up to them to decide if that if that model is viable into the future,” Ms Humphreys said.

“Really, as far as I'm concerned, it's a matter for RTÉ if they think that model is viable, I don't personally think it's viable. I think that's something they're going to have to look at."

“I'm saying to businesses every day of the week, you have to look at your bottom line, you have to look at your costs, and you have to look at your competitiveness and your productivity. So there's a whole range of issues there that they need to look at.”

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The Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach , officially styled as the Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (with special responsibility as Government Chief Whip)

Government ministers have cost the taxpayer €27 million in pay and expenses since the formation Under new arrangements brought in by this government, only the Taoiseach , Tánaiste and Minister Mileage bills for certain ministers can also be high if they tend to travel around Ireland more than

Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar speaks during a joint news conference with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council President Donald Tusk and European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier at the European Union leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir © Catalyst Images Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar speaks during a joint news conference with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council President Donald Tusk and European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier at the European Union leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir The Fine Gael minister also defended the government’s lack of action on the TV licence fee which has been unchanged for over a decade.

Speaking at the government’s Future Jobs summit in Dublin, she said: “I think it's not just all about the licence fee here. I think RTÉ need to look at our business model and the need to look at the world of the future, exactly what we're doing here today.

“We are asking businesses to look at how they're going to manage, how they're going to cope with new technology, and with the different ways that we're going to have to live and work into the future and RTÉ needs to do that as well.”

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The Taoiseach is set to receive a pay rise of €38,000 a year, which will bring his annual salary to €310,000. In general, the most senior staff have received the highest increases to take account of their Enterprise spokesperson Leo Varadkar said it was outrageous that Ministers should give Also earning more than the recommended rate is the Commissioner for Aviation Regulation who is

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At the same event Education Minister Joe McHugh and the Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell-O’Connor both declined to be drawn on the issue. Mr McHugh said it would be “premature” to comment on the pay of top earners and that RTÉ needed to be given “time and space” to implement its cost-cutting plan.

Ms Mitchell O’Connor added: “I think we now need to give them time, to give the unions time, to give the presenters time to work out a plan and I especially feel sympathy for the people that will be losing their jobs.”

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