Pat Kenny was the highest paid RTÉ presenter in 2009, with earnings of €729,604, according to new figures released by the broadcaster.

The late Gerry Ryan was second-highest earner, with earnings of €585,944, and Late Late Show presenter Ryan Tubridy was third-highest on €519,667.

The total of earnings of the top ten presenters in 2009 was €3.95m, a reduction of 11.2% on the 2008 total of €4.45m.

Of the ten presenters listed in the 2009 table, eight are contractors providing services to RTÉ and two are staff employees.

The staff presenters are Derek Mooney, who was seventh-highest-paid on €268,985, and Sean O’Rourke, ninth-highest on €214,084.

Figures for staff include employer pension contributions and are not salary only, RTÉ said. Figures for contractors represent fees payable, not salaries; pension provision is a matter for the individual contractor.

The others on the list are: Marian Finucane, fourth highest with earnings of €513,270; Liveline presenter Joe Duffy, fifth highest on €389,314; Miriam O'Callaghan, sixth highest on €290,625; Eamon Dunphy; eighth highest with earnings of €225,485; and Colm Caffrey (Hayes), tenth highest with earnings of €213,954.

In a statement, RTÉ said the release of the information maintained the process of voluntary disclosure of these earnings, and that, “as normal and for reasons of commercial confidentiality, the figures are released two years in arrears.”

The total of the earnings listed represents just over 1% of RTÉ’s operating costs (€389.4m) in 2009 and approximately 2% of personnel-related operating costs.

During the same year of 2009 the total cost of RTÉ staff wages and salaries reduced from €150.17m to €137.24m, a reduction of 8.6%.

The company said it had reduced its overall operating costs by €71m or approximately 15% over the period 2008-2009.