Tuesday 22 January 2019

'Any gap that is to do with gender and pay must be closed' - Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy shares a joke with Vogue Williams. Photo: Colin Keegan
Ryan Tubridy shares a joke with Vogue Williams. Photo: Colin Keegan

RTE's highest earner, Ryan Tubridy, has said it is time the gender pay imbalance at RTE was addressed.

The Late Late Show host takes home a salary of €495,000 and is one of seven men among the top 10 highest earners, followed by Ray D'Arcy who earns €400,000 a year.

Tubridy says he hopes RTE will rectify the imbalance.

"I've got two daughters, two sisters and a mother I love, and my feeling would be that on anything to do with gender and disparity, any gap needs to be closed - it's as simple as that," he said.


"In any field of life, that gap has to close. There's a review happening in RTE, it's correct that it is happening and the report that comes from it has to be actioned, with anything broken needing to be fixed."

Asked if he would be willing to review his own pay, he said: "I always think the pay issue is a question for management and the reason I say that is because they're the ones who decide what somebody is and is not worth, not me.

"But I'm under no illusion as to my good fortune."

Asked if he felt uneasy discussing his wage, he said: "People are entitled to know and it's perfectly legitimate and fair that my salary is published."

Radio host Jennifer Zamparelli talked about the number of women on the airwaves and the amount they are paid.

"When you listen to stations in the morning you just hear blokes, blokes, blokes," she said.

"It's nice to hear a female voice. I want my daughter to not think of a gender imbalance, so it's important to have women on air and women on equal pay."

Zamparelli comes from a business background and said she negotiated a fair salary when she started presenting Breakfast Republic with Bernard O'Shea and Keith Walsh.

"I'm a business person first and foremost," she said.

"Going in, we all sat down and it came up and we said, 'This is what we are going in at'."

Claire Byrne was one of two female broadcasters to make it on to Ireland's top-earning list.

"I know that I'm in a privileged position to be on that list and I'd like to see more women on there," she said.

"I think gender pay is probably an issue not just in RTE, but because we're a media organisation it's good we're leading the conversation.

"I think it's good that people who work here, in particular women, feel free to speak out about it in a public way.

'I'm delighted that we're doing a review and I'm looking forward to seeing the result."

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