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Tuesday 12 December 2017

'Rivals are still trying to poach RTE stars' reveals TV boss

Kevin Bakhurst following a Transport and Communications committee meeting on Governance at RTE and policies and procedures in place in order to prevent political bias in their programming and reporting at Leinster House, Dublin Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Kevin Bakhurst following a Transport and Communications committee meeting on Governance at RTE and policies and procedures in place in order to prevent political bias in their programming and reporting at Leinster House, Dublin Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Miriam O'Callaghan. Photo: Tony Gavin

SOME of RTE's highest paid presenters have turned down lucrative offers from rival stations in the past 12 months due to their commitment to public service broadcasting, an Oireachtas Committee has heard.

RTE's Deputy Director General Kevin Bakhurst said the national broadcaster is operating in a "highly competitive environment" which involves competitors trying to "poach" his presenters.

He said some presenters had been offered "more money" by rival media outlets but decided to remain in contract with RTE.

Mr Bakhurst was also forced to deny that nepotism exists within RTE.

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Miriam O'Callaghan. Photo: Tony Gavin

"There is none. We're very public about the competitions we have. We wouldn't stand for it, and if I knew of any I would take a very, very dim view of it.

"Several people have been offered jobs elsewhere in the last 12 months that I'm aware of. They were offered more money. They have chosen to stay with us because they believe in what we do, and they are well paid by us," he added.

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