The BBC's biggest earners as salaries of top stars revealed by broadcaster

Brenda Watkins
September 16, 2020

Despite the job losses, however, Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker topped the list with a salary of £1.75m in the year to the end of March, although he will take a 23% pay cut.

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"Peter's salary was adjusted more than a year ago after a number of pay freezes for senior management and was part of BBC-wide benchmarking to bring salaries in line with industry standards".

"This annual report tells the story of a BBC that remains of huge value at home and overseas, but is not without considerable challenges", Clementi said.

The BBC NI spokesperson said this was the "appropriate rate for the scale and scope of the role".

Davie said new rules would be across genres but "I do think the bar is higher, for current affairs and news".

Gary Lineker has signed a new, five-year contract with the BBC.

Stephen Nolan's pay makes him one of the top 10 best paid presenters in the BBC.

Lauren Laverne and Zoe Ball are both expected to feature
Lauren Laverne and Zoe Ball are both expected to feature

Pay packets made through BBC Studios, the broadcaster's commercial arm and responsible for the likes of Strictly Come Dancing, Antiques Roadshow and Doctor Who, are not disclosed.

Graham Norton is on at least £725,000 - a rise of around £115,000.

Radio 2 DJ Steve Wright is on about £475,000.

Fiona Bruce takes home more than £450,000 for her work on Question Time.

The BBC continued to serve audiences across the U.K. Over half of network television production was in the nations and regions, with 50.7 percent from outside London and 20.8 percent from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The BBC previously opposed the publication of salaries as a "poacher's charter", but then-boss Lord Hall later said he welcomed the "transparency".

"His published salary each year may vary, depending on when payments for work completed are actually made".

Former England soccer player Lineker has attracted scrutiny from the broadcaster's critics for both his high pay package and his outspoken political views on social media that often criticised the government. "Going into the coronavirus crisis the BBC already had, 31% less to spend on United Kingdom public services, than if the licence fee had risen with inflation since 2010".

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