Britain's BBC to publish names of biggest earners

  • Britain's BBC to publish names of biggest earners

Britain's BBC to publish names of biggest earners

At the top of the list is radio and TV presenter Chris Evans who earned between £2,200,000 and 2,249,999 in 2016/2017. Lineker came second on the list having earned between £1,750,000 and £1,799,999.

Conservative MP John Whittingdale said taxpayers deserve to know who at the BBC was earning high salaries "and reach a judgment for themselves of whether that is good value for money". Fans of the show didn't lament his exit, as many found his shouty presentation style off-putting.

The BBC unveiled the salaries of its top stars on Wednesday, immediately fueling complaints about gender inequality across the British public broadcaster's radio and television programming. "We are in a very competitive market, not just with ITN and Sky, but now with Netflix, with Amazon with all sorts of west coast companies".

That is more than double Irish host Graham Norton, who picked up just under stg£900,000 (€1.017m).

This is in stark contrast to colleague Gabby Logan who earnt between £200,000 and £249,000.

BBC has recently revealed the list of 96 top earners in sports coverage, news, radio and TV.

The gender divide however continues on the amount paid to women, as the highest paid female celebrity at the BBC, Claudia Winkleman earned £450,000 to £500,000, meaning that a pay gap between the highest earners of nearly £2m exists.

"So there you are I'm going with what my mum said". Its top-earning woman - "Strictly Come Dancing" host Claudia Winkleman - makes less than a quarter of Evans' salary.

Apart from Chris Evans, Radio 2's Steve Wright is the corporation's most expensive DJ, netting over £500,000 a year.

The BBC's director-general admitted at the release of the report that there is work to be done to bridge the pay gap.

Now that this information has been exposed to the public, lawyers are getting involved.

Jeremy Paxman is also believed to be paid through independent production companies for his contributions, too.

"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 added.

He said that the BBC needs to "go further and faster on issues of gender and diversity", but insisted that the broadcaster is doing better than many of its peers in the media industry.