BBC reveals talent salaries

Thursday, 20 Jul, 2017

Hall also said that nearly two-thirds of new appointments and promotions within TV and radio departments over the past three years had been women.

Former Top Gear host Chris Evans has been revealed as the highest earner at the BBC after the corporation was pushed by the British Government to disclose stars' salaries.

The highest paid stars are straight entertainers Chris Evans, with a salary of between £2,200,000 - £2,249,999, and Gary Lineker, with a pay bracket of £1,750,000 - £1,799,999.

The pay disparity extends to its journalism side as well - the male anchor of the nightly news earned 200,000 pounds more than his female counterpart.

Just a third on the list were women, and these also tended to fall at the lower end of the pay scale.

Lawyers have warned that the BBC could be open to discrimination lawsuits brought by its female employees.

"On gender and diversity, the BBC is more diverse than the broadcasting industry and the Civil Service". People expect us to have great broadcasters, great presenters, great stars, but pay them less than they would get on the market.

"We have significantly reduced the total bill spent on paying talent, down again this year by 2.5%".

Lord Hall described the publication of top salaries, which was opposed by the BBC, as a "bad idea" because it could tempt other broadcasters with deep pockets to poach stars creating an inflationary effect on pay.

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Other big-earners include versatile TV presenters John Inverdale and Gabby Logan, who both earn between £200,000-249,999, and tennis pundit John McEnroe and Test Match Special commentator Jonathan Agnew, who earn between £150,000-199,999.

"I'm well paid but I'm much less overpaid, perhaps, than people working for rival organisations who won't go through this process", he said last month.

"We get paid an terrible lot of money and it's a marketplace".

Her comments came as Conservative MP Anna Soubry condemned her own party for forcing the BBC to publish the pay of its stars.

Unsurprisingly, most of the BBC's highest earners are middle-aged; more than two-thirds of the BBC top earners are between 40 and 59 years old. "We've set a clear target for 2020, we want all our lead and presenting roles to be equally divided between men and women", he said. It's good to see some women on the list too.

'Meeting our goal on this is going to have a profound impact not just on the BBC, but the whole media industry. "It's going to change the market for talent in this country", he added.

However, the reason for this has been revealed - and it's all down to either their salaries, or the company that they are being paid by.

"I think it's very important that the lid has been lifted on this pay discrimination in the BBC and that it's been laid bare", she said.

BBC Director-General, Lord Tony Hall, probably in anticipation of people getting angry over the wage gap, has already spoken out about the BBC's dedication to diversity and representation on air.