Graham Norton earned €3m in fees in 2012

Chat-show host and comedian, Graham Norton enjoyed a 20% increase in fees to £2.6m (€3m) last year.

Graham Norton earned €3m in fees in 2012

The Irish-born BBC presenter is laughing all the way to the bank as the €3m came ahead of Norton sharing €11m with his business partner, Graham Stuart, from the sale of their So Television Ltd to ITV in August of last year.

So Television produces the star’s BBC1 Graham Norton Show and figures for the 12 months to end of Jul 31 last show that Norton got €3m in fees and royalties from the production firm during the period.

This represents a €500,000 increase on the €2.45m Norton got in 2011.

Norton — who received an honorary doctorate from UCC in June — did not take any dividend from the firm in 2012 after receiving €464,000 in 2011.

Norton’s earnings dwarf those received by any of Ireland’s best-known media personalities, including Ryan Tubridy and Pat Kenny.

The accounts show that the prime-time BBC1 Friday night slot for the show continued last year to form the basis for the improved performance by So Television Ltd.

Norton also presents a radio show.

Latest accounts filed by So Television Ltd show that the firm increased its pre-tax profits by 89% from €1.4m to €2.67m last year.

This followed revenue increasing by 15%, from €13.78m to €15.8m.

Last year, the BBC re-commissioned The Graham Norton Show through to 2014 — the show is screened in 100 countries, with TV3 having the Irish rights.

The most recent series enjoyed a record audience high, with 4.51m viewers tuning in to see Norton interview Tom Cruise for his New Year’s Eve show.

In the deal with ITV on the sale of So Television, ITV agreed to pay €11m up front while a further €8m will be payable depending on its performance up to Jul 2016.

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