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27th Jun 2023

RTÉ staff to stage protest over Ryan Tubridy pay scandal

Fiona Frawley

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RTÉ staff are expected to stage the protest this afternoon, The Journal has reported.

A protest is expected to take place at RTÉ this afternoon, in response to the recent scandal surrounding former Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy.

Last week, RTÉ admitted to overpaying the presenter by a total of €345,000 over a period of several years. Tubridy and RTÉ have since issued statements of apology, and General Director of RTÉ Dee Forbes has resigned after being suspended, saying ““I am deeply sorry for what has happened and my part in this episode and for that I apologise unreservedly to everyone.”

Yesterday (26th), prominent RTÉ personalities including Claire Byrne, Joe Duffy and Miriam O’Callaghan all publicly shared their respective salaries in response to the controversy. In her statement, O’Callaghan added that Prime Time would continue to cover the payment scandal  “as rigorously as (we) cover every other story.”

The protest has been called for by the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) branch which represents RTÉ employees. Their statement reads:

“The NUJ are acutely aware of the ongoing anger of members and also of the powerlessness that many members are feeling.

“In response to requests from members the NUJ are calling a lunchtime protest for 1pm tomorrow at the plaza in RTÉ Donnybrook.

“This will be an opportunity for NUJ members to stand together and express in unity their anger and the urgent need for answers as soon as possible, for the public and for staff.”

Header images via Instagram/latelaterte and RTÉ

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