TV presenter Michael Murphy has handed his last contract from RTE. Due to his advanced age, he will only work for another three months at the national broadcasting station. The Castlebar, Co Mayo native has been working part-time for 40 years with RTE as a newsreader, producer and continuity announcer.
The finalising of his time with the broadcasters can be traced back to last October, when he received his first short contract of six months. He commented to The Irish Independent “they called me in and sort of said, 'because of your age, you may not be receiving a contract', it was left as vague as that”.
Though a spokesperson for RTE would only say it does not comment on individual cases but “Michael is continuing broadcasting as a newscaster with RTE at present. He is employed on a casual contract”, another inside source was more forthcoming. They noted “Michael's colleagues have been very surprised to hear that he was only offered three months, he's an extremely popular guy in the newsroom and he is not the only golden oldie working in Montrose […] But it's typically the way that once you turn 65 in RTE, you're out the door.”