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Friday 24 November 2017

'I'm glad nobody knows what RTE is paying me', says presenter Marty

Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy
Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy

Marty Whelan has admitted he did not mind missing out on the list of RTE's top-10 highest-paid stars - because it means no one will ever know his salary.

The Dubliner (61) has been with RTE for more than three decades, but was not present in the most recent list of the station's highest-paid presenters, which included Ryan Tubridy (€495,000), Joe Duffy (€389,988), Miriam O'Callaghan (€299,000) and Nicky Byrne (€200,583).

The Winning Streak presenter insists everyone at RTE just does their job and hopes they are well rewarded well for it.

"As long as I stay out of the top 10, you'll never find out, please God, so we will just let it go," he said.

"You do the best you can with your job and hope you're getting paid appropriately for what you deliver."

While he might be grateful his salary is a secret, the father-of-two joked he wouldn't mind making the same as some people on the list.

"I look at it and go, 'you're paying them that?'. It's incredible. I want to be paid as much as Ryan, is that OK?" he said. "We all do what we do and we do as best we can with what we are. Whatever situation needs resolving will be resolved by people who were certainly above our pay grade."

Love

Speaking at the launch of the new series of Winning Streak, Marty said he has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.

"I will keep in radio and television for as long as I want to and for as long as they want me to," he told the Herald. "Why would I stop doing something I love? I won't stop doing it unless I choose to or they choose to.

"As long as you're enjoying it and you're happy with it, why would you stop?"

The TV host revealed he is thrilled his old friend Gay Byrne is returning to Lyric FM.

"I'm meeting Gay next week, we're going for lunch and a chat. I love him, he's a legend," he said.

"He's coming back on Lyric in October and I'm so pleased. He's such an icon."

Winning Streak returns to RTE One on Saturday, September 23, with Winning Streak scratch cards available nationwide for €3.

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