Radio Nova has been ordered to pay €30,000 to a former evening show presenter for unfair dismissal.
The case was taken to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) by the former presenter, which said there was no justification not giving the radio presenter an opportunity to become part of the pre-recorded show when she was made redundant in August 2016.
The station was switching from live to voice-tracked evenings so no longer required the presenter, who was on an annual salary of €40,000, to be on the rota.
The identity of the presenter has not been made public, but we know it’s a female from an article in Fora, which made a key point of the presenter’s gender.
Nova MD Kevin Branigan told RadioToday: “This goes back a few years and is very much in the past. We’ve a very good record of employing people and giving them opportunities. It’s regrettable, in this instance, that matters ended acrimoniously with this individual presenter, despite our best efforts. We’re considering our options in relation to this decision and will decide our next step in due course. Dublin radio is a demanding environment. It’s hugely competitive and requires organisation and attention to detail; it’s not for everyone.
“Our listenership and revenues continue to grow and we’re very happy with the progress we’re making in the market place.”