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RTÉ: Your questions on the Irish broadcaster’s payment scandal answered

As a public service broadcaster, RTÉ publishes the earnings of its highest paid presenter’s every year.

In 2021, RTÉ said Mr Tubridy earned €440,000 (£376,250), about €26,000 (£22,200) less than what he made the previous year due to a 15% pay cut.

However, it recently said that it had misstated figures for Mr Tubridy’s pay, and the presenter had actually earned €515,000 (£440,380) in 2021.

The extra payments were found during an audit of the broadcaster’s finances.

It said that between 2017 and 2022 Mr Tubridy received a series of payments totalling €345,000 (£294,300) above what was made public.

A review, the organisation’s board said, found that under a separate agreement Mr Tubridy was guaranteed €75,000 (£64,000) of additional annual income by RTÉ which was intended to be paid by a commercial partner.

However, the partner did not renew the contract for a second year, and given it was guaranteed by RTÉ, the payments were made directly by the broadcaster to Mr Tubridy’s agent.

As a result, he received two payments totalling €150,000 (£128,000) in 2022, for that year and the previous year.

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