Ryan Tubridy: RTE has ‘no plans’ to bring back Ireland’s biggest TV star after scandal over salary | World News

Aug 17, 2023 | Uncategorized



Ireland’s national broadcaster RTE says it has no plans to bring back star presenter Ryan Tubridy – after negotiations with the TV host broke down.

Tubridy – Ireland’s biggest TV star – has been at the centre of a controversy over the under declaration of his salary by €345,000 (£295,000) between 2017 and 2022.

The revelation sparked a backlash against the 50-year-old presenter – already the Irish broadcaster’s highest-paid star with a salary of €440,000 (£375,500) in 2021 – because they came at a time at which the cash-strapped broadcaster was making cuts elsewhere.

RTE director-general Kevin Bakhurst says Tubridy will not return to the channel after trust between the parties had “broken down”.

Mr Bakhurst said: “We went into negotiations with Ryan in good faith and in the hopes of reaching an agreement that would see Ryan return to his RTE Radio 1 show.

“I have decided not to continue with negotiations and, as such, there are no plans for Ryan to return to his presenting role with RTE at this time.

“Despite having agreed some of the fundamentals, including fee, duration and hours, regretfully, it is my view that trust between the parties has broken down.”

Tubridy fronted Ireland’s Late Late show for 14 years.



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