THE large six-figure salaries paid by RTE to their high-profile broadcasters is justified, says Gay Byrne.
The ex-Late Late Show presenter said they have no pension rights or long-term job security. "People forget these are freelance people," he said. "There is no pension and when they walk down the driveway on their final day in RTE, they have nothing. Nothing. Whereas the politicians complaining about presenters' fees all have pensions, index-linked pensions. That doesn't apply to contract workers with RTE. At any point somebody can decide 'we've had enough of you'," he added. RTE is expected to release details of fees paid to its top 10-earning stars in the coming weeks.