No Show Like A No Show


Joe Duffy

Bonkers writes:

On the topic of RTÉ salaries not only are they extortionately high but also that the ‘stars’ like to take very long holidays every year.

Anyone who tunes into Marian Finucane at the weekend will know this, it often feels like a flip of a coin as it whether or not she’ll be in that day.

And take Joe Duffy, man of the working people. Except Joe is a bit work shy himself.

In 2018 and 2017 poster ButterSuki using his ”Joe Duffy Wurkday Calculator’ tracked each day that the Liveline host was missing in action.

In 2018 out of 252 ‘wurkdays’ Duffy was not there on 49 occasions, which is basically one day short of him taking 10 weeks holidays across the year. Great wurk if you can get it


Earlier: ‘Not So Exceptional’


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13 thoughts on “No Show Like A No Show

  1. Toe Up

    Seeing as Joe is a private contractor, does he has to pay for replacement presenters out of his own pocket or does RTE pay for them.

      1. shortforbob

        Are these salaries really paying for one person or are the paying for the star and a whole production team employed outside RTE? Ridiculous either way but I vaguely recall some past suggestion from Pat Kenny in an attempt to partly explain his fee.

    1. MW7

      No, I assume like most private contractors (in other industries) he doesn’t get paid when he’s not there. Rte fill the void with a staffer or other contractor when he’s on holidays.

  2. Clare

    Leave poor Joe alone, he’s just an ordinary working class millionaire trying to make his way in this cruel world.

  3. eoin

    Am I reading this right? 252 possible working days minus 49 absent days equals 203 days.

    Joe, through his company, Claddaghgreen Limited got €389,988 from loss-making RTE in 2016. This was before his TV work, right?

    €389,988 divided by 203 is €1,921.12 per show, or, given it’s 1 hr 15 minutes including breaks, news etc, it’s €1,536.90 an hour?

    Ah, but think of the advertising and sponsorship loss-making RTE will say [Joe’s programme attracts around €200,000 a year in sponsorship alone].

    But riddle me this. I have a friend in NY who works on commission only at a Lexus dealership and gets, for each vehicle, $100. Should my friend not be paid the entire $35,000 ticket price for an average vehicle? Because if he was working for RTE, that’s the sort of argument that wins the day, especially with the likes of RTE chairwoman and unbelievable numpty, Moya Doherty.

      1. eoin

        Probably two a day average for a 365-day working day year, could be zero, could be 20 if a corporate gets or renews a fleet. It’s potentially seven days a week 24 hours a day because the sale, trade, financing might be arranged on the phone/email. The point is, just because he makes the sale, doesn’t mean he gets all the value. Same with RTE.

  4. Aonghus McAnally O’Carroll

    ButtersSuki has “done the state some service” by highlighting Joe’s holidays. He has also written many amusing pieces on the self-styled man of the people on that are worth looking up.

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