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Top BBC earners revealed

Top BBC earners revealed

Top BBC earners revealed

The BBC has released its annual list of high earners – with four women now in the top 10.

The list of talent earning more than £150,000 is again headed by Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, who was paid about £1.75 million according to the broadcaster’s latest report and accounts.

But the former England football star has since signed a new contract, which will see that fee cut by 23%.

That means that next year he could earn less than Zoe Ball, who was in second place in the £1.36 million to £1.365 million bracket after her pay has risen by £1 million since she took over the Radio 2 breakfast show.

The top highest paid BBC talents are:

  1. Gary Lineker – £1,750,000-£1,754,999
    2018/2019 figure: £1,750,000-£1,754,999
  2. Zoe Ball – £1,360,000-£1,364,999
    2018/2019: £370,000-£374,999
  3. Graham Norton – £725,000-£729,000
    2018/2019: £610,000-£614,999
  4. Steve Wright – £475,000-£479,999
    2018/2019: £465,000-£469,999
  5. Huw Edwards – £465,000-£469,999
    2018/2019: £490,000-£494,999
  6. Fiona Bruce – £450,000-£454,999
    2018/2019: £255,000-£259,999
  7. Vanessa Feltz – £405,000-£409,999
    2018/2019: £355,000-£359,999
  8. Lauren Laverne – £395,000 – £399,999
    2018/2019: £305,000-£309,999
  9. Alan Shearer – £390,000-£394,999
    2018/2019: £440,000-£444,999
  10. Stephen Nolan – £390,000-£394,999
    2018/2019: £325,000-£329,999

Outside the top 10, the BBC top-paid talent includes Radio 2’s Ken Bruce (11), Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis (12), Strictly’s Claudia Winkleman (13), The Andrew Marr Show’s Andrew Marr (14), BBC Radio 1 presenter Scott Mills (15), News at Six’s George Alagiah (16), BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine (17) and BBC Radio 5 Live’s Nicky Campbell (18).

Radio 4’s Today programme presenter Nick Robinson and the BBC’s Political editor Laura Kuenssberg just manage to sneak into 20 highest paid broadcasters, with salaries ranging from £290,000 to £299,999.

They are closely followed by Daily BBC Wales’ Jason Mohammad, Radio 2 presenters Jo Whiley and Sara Cox as well as Radio 4’s Evan Davies.

The overall gender pay gap at the BBC has decreased from 6.7 per cent to 6.2 per cent.

Last year, the top earners included three women – Ball, Claudia Winkleman and Feltz.

Overall, the BBC’s total salary bill for on-air talent in 2019/20 rose by £1 million to £144.6 million, while salaries for the BBC’s executive committee rose from £4.95 million to £5.41 million.

Conservative MP Julian Knight, who chairs the Department for Culture, Media and Sport select committee, said the overall rise in pay for on-air talent was “concerning”.

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