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Chair of Oireachtas Committee for Media says nobody could justify or defend the pay of RTÉ's top stars

Feb 1, 2021 12:02 By News Northern Sound
Chair of Oireachtas Committee for Media says nobody could justify or defend the pay of RTÉ's top stars Chair of Oireachtas Committee for Media says nobody could justify or defend the pay of RTÉ's top stars
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The Chair of the Oireachtas Committee for Media says nobody could justify or defend the pay of RTÉ's top stars. Niamh Smyth added that

The Chair of the Oireachtas Committee for Media says nobody could justify or defend the pay of RTÉ's top stars.

Niamh Smyth added that RTÉ can't afford these "exorbitant salaries" given its "financial challenges".

RTÉ's top ten earners were paid a combined €9.5 million euro between 2017 and 2019.

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The Fianna Fáil TD also accused RTÉ of failing to adapt to online streaming services and says the National Broadcaster hasn't moved along with the times.

While Deputy Smyth's committee doesn't have the scope to limit the pay of RTÉ staff, she says the public accounts committee has discussed the matter in recent weeks.

She told The Joe Finnegan Show that RTÉ is "out on its own" in terms of the salaries paid to its top presenters:

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