Sunday 22 April 2018

Judge pay gap on a 'case-by-case basis', says RTE's Jennifer

Jennifer (right) with Amy Huberman
Jennifer (right) with Amy Huberman

Jennifer Zamparelli has spoken out on the RTE pay gap, saying people must take into account the profile and fan base presenters bring to their jobs.

The 2fm presenter said the pay gap needs to be looked at on a "case-by-case basis", and added that she is paid the same as her Breakfast Republic co-hosts, Keith Walsh and Bernard O'Shea.

"In media though, it's difficult to gauge, because some people come with a huge fan base, and might bring more to the table with experience or their profile," she said.

"With talent, there are so many variables. I'm sure there have been discrepancies with talent where they are the same sex and getting paid differently."

The former Republic Of Telly host said she has not heard much discussion about the pay gap in the halls of Montrose.

"They are business people. I think if there are people who are unhappy, they go to their bosses. That's the sensible thing to do," she said.


However, Jennifer said she is not privy to much RTE chat, as she is often out of the building before many of her colleagues arrive.

"I do my thing, and I'm gone," she said.

Jennifer is pregnant with her second child with husband Lau Zamparelli - having recently announced the news live on 2fm.

It hasn't been smooth sailing for the 37-year-old, who admitted she has been feeling "rough" for the last few weeks.

"You forget, don't you, after the first time? The sickness, the tiredness," she said.

"The first pregnancy is lovely. You can go home from work and you can stroke your belly, and have a nap, and lie in the bath and think, 'ooh I wonder what size is it now? What week am I now?'

"I would forgive my husband for having an affair, because I was so moany and so tired, and so hormonal and cranky."

Before becoming a parent to Florence (2), she thought she and Lau would be "that cool couple" who still partied a lot, but has found she no longer has the desire to hit the town every weekend.


"Having partied for so long, and partied so hard for so long, I can barely remember my 20s - the change was kind of welcome in a way," she said.

Jennifer has become better at controlling the guilt she felt with going to work with a baby at home.

"I'm managing it because I made the effort that way. A man does that automatically. We all have that struggle," she said.

"The minute that baby pops out, you understand what really matters."

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