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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Would RTE have paid Brian more than TV3's €5k? Somehow, I doubt it

It's embarrassing for Brian McFadden that his UK agent sent the invoice for his TV3 Toy Show services to the wrong email address, resulting in the entire newsroom in TV3, and now everyone in the country, knowing that he earned €5k for the job.

The situation is not helped by the fact that Brian had previously mocked a Dublin DJ, who criticised the choice of Brian to present the show, suggesting that he would be earning in one night what that DJ earns in a year.

And while the revelation of Brian's pay cheque for that gig hardly equates to someone's annual salary, it will no doubt prompt comments of indignation from some. But before the trolls take to social media to complain how this is an outrageous sum of money to pay a former boyband member with little TV experience, here are a few simple facts they should consider.

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Firstly, Brian didn't just work for 90 minutes - spontaneous it may have looked, a lot of preparation and rehearsal would have gone into the show.

Secondly, Brian acquitted himself particularly well, and his double act with Karen Koster meant that the show avoided being a pale imitation of RTE's more established Late Late Toy Show.

Brian may have looked like he was making it up as he went along, but his recent performances on ITV's Who's Doing the Dishes? reveals a natural talent for this type of TV. He may make it look easy, but that doesn't mean that it is.

Thirdly, with nearly half a million viewers tuning in on the night, the show was a resounding success.

Most importantly, bearing in mind all of the above, the only relevant question is this: is €5k more than RTE, or any other broadcaster, would have paid for Brian services?

To which there's a simple answer. No.

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