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Friday 1 August 2014

RTE dodges Podge and Rodge quiz on cost of Geldof interview

RTE has refused to reveal details of the fee agreed to secure Peaches Geldof's first television interview since her marriage split.

The 19-year-old daughter of Bob Geldof is due to dish the dirt on RTE's Podge and Rodge show next month for what is believed to be a record sum for the show.

Sources at Montrose revealed that station bosses had to enter an all-out bidding war to secure the coveted interview, beating a number of big name British shows as well as RTE's own Tubridy Tonight and The Late Late Show for the TV slot.

According to one insider: "Peaches' payment will be the largest ever made to a guest on the Podge and Rodge Show and far exceeds that given to previous guests.

"Given that everyone wants to know what really happened with her and Max, they're sure it will pull in the viewers and are really confident it will be worth every penny," they added.

However, a spokesperson for the programme refused to confirm or deny whether the teenager will be paid for her visit to the Montrose studios.

"It is RTE's policy not to disclose information relating to individual guests or any compensation they may or may not receive for an appearance on any of our programmes," a representative told the Herald.

"The reason for this is because it makes it more difficult to negotiate with other guests about interviews down the line.

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"Obviously every guest is different and their individual needs and wants have to be taken into account and we feel it's in everyone's best interest to keep this information confidential," they said.

Peaches will fly into Dublin for an overnight visit on Sunday, March 1, to record the show, which will be transmitted the next evening. The teen DJ's last visit to Dublin was a memorable one -- she threw major strop at a House of Fraser event in Dundrum and refused to engage with the Irish press.

Peaches and Max Drummey (24) wed in Las Vegas last August after a whirlwind romance but the marriage lasted just 184 days.

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