Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Chris Evans top BBC best-paid star



Chris Evans has been revealed as the highest earner at the BBC after the corporation was forced by the Government to disclose stars' salaries.
 
 
The Radio 2 DJ and former Top Gear presenter earned more than £2m last year, more than double Graham Norton, who picked up just under £900,000.
 
 
Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker, who collected more than £1.75m, joked ahead of the announcement over a potential backlash.
 
 
He tweeted: "Happy BBC salary day. I blame my agent and the other TV channels that pay more. Now where did I put my tin helmet?"


The figures reveal a huge disparity between men and woman, with 17 men earning over £300,000, compared with seven women.
 
 
Just two of the top 10 earners are women.
 
 
The highest-earning female is Claudia Winkleman, the presenter of Strictly Come Dancing, who earns around £500,000.
 
 
She is closely followed by The One Show's Alex Jones, earning over £400,000.


The third highest-paid woman is newsreader Fiona Bruce, who earns much less than male colleagues despite also fronting Antiques Roadshow.
 
 
The list of salaries are broken down into bands, rather than specific figures, but Ms Bruce earns between £350,000 and £400,000.


By contrast, Andrew Marr, Stephen Nolan from BBC Northern Ireland, Huw Edwards, John Humphrys, Nicky Campbell, Steve Wright, and Jeremy Vine are all paid considerably more.
 
 
Vine, who presents Panorama and on Radio 2, took home almost £750,000.
 
 
Kirsty Wark, Sophie Raworth, Victoria Derbyshire, Mishal Husain and Martha Kearney all appear to earn less than male presenters doing similar jobs and with similar experience.


Long-serving sports presenter Sue Barker earned just £300,000, while former England striker Alan Shearer collected more than £400,000 for being a pundit.
 
 
The highest-paid actor at the BBC is Derek Thompson, who plays Charlie in Casualty.
 
 
He gets between £350,000 and £400,000 - more than Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi - who is in the £200,000 to £250,000 bracket (the same as Adam Woodyatt - EastEnders' Ian Beale).
 
 
While the BBC has published senior management pay for many years, this is the first time it has done so for on-air talent.
BBC Director-General Tony Hall admitted the corporation needed to go "further and faster on issues of gender and diversity".

He said: "We need to employ the very best... talented people are critical for our relationship with audiences.


BBC pay graphic




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