By Des Cryan in Dublin
RTE chief news correspondent Charlie Bird has appeared for the first
time among the station’s top 10 most highly paid television presenters.
With an income of 138,000 euros (£94,800) for 2003 – figures which
the station is obliged to make public – the newsroom journalist is
among the few RTE employees paid handsomely.
Almost all the other
top earners are on contract, including Miriam O’Callaghan, the
presenter of the current affairs RTE 1 television programme Prime Time,
whose earnings amounted to 144,000 euros (£99,000).
RTE paid its ten 10 earners a total of 2,262,000 euros (£1,555,000) in 2003.
Late Show presenter Pat Kenny, with 343,000 euros (£235,700), came
second to 2FM radio presenter Gerry Ryan who netted 483,000 euros
(£331,850) to top the list.