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Gary Lineker is still the BBC’s top earner despite requesting pay decrease

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Gary is still at the top of the tree for on-air employees (Picture: BBC)

Gary Lineker is still the BBC’s top earner despite requesting a pay decrease last year, with the broadcaster’s best paid on-screen talents facing cuts.

The broadcaster’s annual report shows he is still the best paid on-screen talent after agreeing to a pay reduction of around £400,000 in 2020, which has reduced his pay from £1.75 million to £1.36 million.

Zoe Ball remains the second highest paid at the broadcaster after requesting a pay cut before signing a new two-year deal as Radio 2’s breakfast host. Ball asked to reduce her pay by 28% to £980,000 to reflect the impact of the pandemic.

The annual report shows it has slashed a total of 10% from its pay bill for top talent.

A BBC spokeswoman said: ‘Zoe Ball is a world-class broadcaster hosting Radio 2’s flagship show and her professionalism and commitment to the Breakfast Show is extraordinary.

‘She’s hugely talented and has made the show her own, with many millions of listeners tuning in each morning to the nation’s most listened to Breakfast Show.’

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Zoe Ball is the second-highest earner at the BBC (Picture: BBC)

The top 10 earners list featured six males and four females, which represented the same gender balance as last year.

The report shows that Graham Norton was the only person to drop out of the top 10, having been the third highest earner last year. It comes after he left his Radio 2 Saturday show and joined Virgin Radio in December.

However, Graham’s salary from his chat show is not included because it is a BBC Studios production and pay packets made through the broadcaster’s commercial arm are not revealed in the report.



The BBC’s top 10 earners

  1. Gary Lineker – £1,360,000- £1,364,999
  2. Zoe Ball – £1,130,000-£1,134,999
  3. Steve Wright- £465,000-£469,999
  4. Huw Edwards – £425,000- £429,999
  5. Fiona Bruce – £405,000-£409,999
  6. Stephen Nolan – £405,000-£409,999
  7. Lauren Laverne – £395,000-£399,999
  8. Vanessa Feltz – £390,000-£394,999
  9. Alan Shearer – £390,000-£394,999
  10. Scott Mills – £375,000-£379,999

Huw Edwards, Fiona Bruce, Vanessa Feltz, Ken Bruce and Emily Maitlis have all seen their salaries reduced, while radio presenters Scott Mills and Greg James have seen increases.

BBC director-general Tim Davie said: ‘The BBC has delivered outstanding content and value to audiences in extraordinary circumstances this year. I am proud of all we have achieved to inform, educate and entertain the Nation in record numbers during the pandemic.

‘The BBC is responding to global competition and pressure on our finances. But, we know we must do much more to ensure licence fee payers across the UK get best value from the BBC, to maintain their trust and provide a service they cannot do without.

‘I am absolutely focused on making the reforms we need to ensure the BBC is positioned to offer all audiences the best possible service well into the future.’


Credit: Original article published here.

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