Media gravy train sees columnists cash in

Kevin Myers’ well-rewarded defection from The Irish Times to the Irish Independent has highlighted the rising profile and commercial value of columnists in the newspaper world.

20th May, 2006

Kevin Myers’ well-rewarded defection from The Irish Times to the Irish Independent has highlighted the rising profile and commercial value of columnists in the newspaper world.

Myers wasted little time in courting controversy with a column last Thursday on ‘‘why same sex marriages are wrong’’. His reported new salary of €200,000 - and some sources claim he is earning even more - is at least twice the going rate for an established name. His...

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