Who are the top earners — BBC salaries

Carla Harmon
September 15, 2020

The BBC's new boss has defended the decision to give stars pay increases despite a worsening financial outlook for the broadcaster.

Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Zoe Ball is now earning £1.36 million, with her pay bracket up by £990,000. Presenting work for Strictly Come Dancing It Takes Two not included as part of salary.

Davie said Lineker would not be held to the same standards as the BBC's news journalists, but would be advised about guidelines.

The former England star said: "I love working with the BBC, and am very proud to continue to be a part of their outstanding football team". The 90% of the United Kingdom population using the BBC each week rose to 94% in March this year during the coronavirus outbreak.

Davie said new rules would be across genres but "I do think the bar is higher, for current affairs and news". But the BBC must be impartial and "there are no exceptions to that".

But pay packets made through BBC Studios, the broadcaster's commercial arm, will not be revealed.

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

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

Newsreader for News at Six, News at Ten and presenter of election night and news specials.

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 Nolan Show host on Radio Ulster, Nolan Live on BBC One (Northern Ireland), The Stephen Nolan Show on 5 Live.

Match Of The Day's Alan Shearer is on the same figure.

He later said he was in negotiations about his salary.

The salaries are being published amid questions about how the BBC will be funded in future. "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".

Last year, Lineker took home £1.75 million, more than any other BBC employee.

The BBC began means-testing the free TV licence for over-75s in August, having previously delayed its introduction because of the pandemic.

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