RTÉ must be more transparent about salaries, a Fine Gael TD has said.
Chair of the Oireachtas Communications Committee, Deputy Hildegarde Naughton, has called for the public service broadcaster to publish fees paid to top earners as a matter of urgency, following concerns about a considerable gender pay gap.
Deputy Naughton said: “I am calling on RTÉ to publish salaries of top earners in the interest of transparency.
“Leading female journalists and broadcasters have voiced concerns about pay discrepancies between themselves and their male colleagues.
“Concerns have also been raised about gender representation in the broadcaster’s top roles.
“As a public service broadcaster, RTÉ not only has a responsibility to its own employees, but to the media industry as a whole, and should be leading the way in parity of pay and gender representation.
“Last week the BBC made headlines after it was revealed that its highest paid female broadcaster was earning around a fifth of the highest paid man.
“Employees should be paid in line with experience, qualifications and what they bring to the role, not based on gender.
“I welcome RTÉ’s commitment to reviewing role and gender equality across the organisation.
“I urge RTE to publish salaries and begin the review as a matter of urgency.”