RTÉ paid out €300,000 in guest and contribution fees last year

RTÉ’s most popular TV and radio shows paid out more than €305,000 to guests and contributors who appeared on screen and on the airwaves last year.

More than a third of this money – a total of almost 114,000 euros – was paid out to guests of The Late Late Showaccording to RTE.

It said €98,405 had been paid out to 164 special guests on the flagship show in 2021, or around €2,800 in fees for each of the 35 episodes aired.

The average payment for each guest was around €600, although some guests would have received more and others less than that amount.

Another €14,487 was spent on one show – St. Patrick’s Day Late Late Special – and covered 17 separate guest payments of around €850 per person.

For the Late Late Toy Show1,080 euros were paid to two guests, which is the equivalent of 540 euros per person.

The next highest total expenses were Today with Claire Byrne, Fees totaling €53,277 were paid to 900 different contributors to the show.

This corresponded to around 60 euros per person, according to figures published by RTÉ at the request of the FOI.

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Treasury Secretary Paschal Donohoe (left) and Public Expenditure Secretary Michael McGrath with Claire Byrne on RTÉ Radio One’s budget phone special. Fees totaling €53,277 were paid to 900 different contributors to the Claire Byrne live show in 2021, although RTÉ says politicians won’t receive a fee. Photo: Brian Lawless

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Brendan O’Connor’s radio show paid out €42,487 in guest royalties to 663 different people, at a rate of around €64 per contributor.

The Ray D’Arcy Show paid 14,035 euros to cover the costs for 149 guests, i.e. around 95 euros per performance.

The bill for Sunday with Miriam [O’Callaghan] was €7,056 and that paid for 49 individual performers, or an average of €144 per performance.

Even small amounts were paid out The Ryan Tubridy Show – ten guests shared €1,065 – and Saturday with Katie Hannon where six contributors together received €270.

On the radio, Tomorrow Ireland 16,475 euros in fee for 340 guests, i.e. around 48 euros per appearance.

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Last year’s bill for Sunday with Miriam [O’Callaghan] was €7,056 and covered 49 individual contributors

RTÉs prime time had a fee bill of €9,733 and paid for 121 contributors, averaging about €80 for each contributor.

Claire Byrne Live – which has since been pulled from the programs – had a bill of just under €7,000 to cover the costs of 82 performers.

According to the published data, this corresponded to around 85 euros per appearance.

RTÉ said it could not provide details on the fees paid for guests The Tommy Tiernan Showand said that the program was made by an independent production company.

Fees do not include the cost of entertainment, including transportation and hotel accommodation, which may be made available to contributors from time to time

It said the information was commercially sensitive and confidential to the show’s creators.

RTÉ added: “Guests would be far less likely to appear on a show if the fees received were made public.”

Fees do not include the cost of entertainment, including transportation and hotel accommodation, which may be made available to contributors from time to time.

An information note from RTÉ reads: “In general, RTÉ pays guests and contributors, including local and international journalists, artists and musicians, for the time they spend appearing on or contributing to RTÉ programmes.

“However, if the guest is promoting a film, album, show or book, etc., there is usually no fee paid. Political representatives are not paid for appearing on programs.”

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/tv-news/rte-paid-out-300000-in-guest-and-contributor-fees-last-year-42146204.html RTÉ paid out €300,000 in guest and contribution fees last year

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