Corporation publishes salaries
BBC facing backlash as pay list reveals ‘disparities’
BBC bosses are facing a backlash after huge disparities were revealed between the salaries paid to top men and women.
Radio Two presenter Chris Evans has topped the list of the highest earners at the BBC.
He was paid between £2.2 million and £2.25m in 2016/2017, while Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman is the highest-paid female celebrity, earning between £450,000 and £500,000.
The figures emerged in a disclosure by the BBC of those paid more than £150,000. Of the 96 on the list many are known to earn more from outside income and from BBC Worldwide through overseas sales of programmes.
Some radio presenters are said to be threatening legal action after it was revealed that many are paid substantially less than men.
Graham Norton‘s £850,000 pay does not include his earnings from the production company, So TV, which makes his Friday night chat show. Norton is rumoured to receive more than £2.5m for his work with the BBC.
Match of the Day’s Gary Lineker earned between £1.75m and £1.8m while news presenter and Radio Two presenter Jeremy Vine earned between £700,000 and £749,000.
Director general Tony Hall admitted there was “more to do” on gender and diversity and the figures reveal large disparities between men and women and different racial groups.
George Alagiah, Jason Mohammad and Trevor Nelson are the highest paid black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) presenters, each receiving between £250,000 and £300,000.
The highest-paid female with a BAME background is BBC news presenter Mishal Hussain, who received between £200,000 and £250,000.
The gender pay gap is evident for those performing similar roles:
Huw Edwards (£550,000 to £599,999) and Fiona Bruce (£350,000 to £399,999)
John Humphrys (£600,000 to £649,999) and Mishal Husain (£200,000 to £250,000)
Gary Lineker (£1,750,000 to £1,799,999) and Clare Balding (£150,000 to £199,999)
Nick Knowles (£300,000 to £349,999) and Mel Giedroyc (£150,000 to £199,000)
Matt Baker (£450,000 to £499,000) and Alex Jones (£400,000 to £449,000)
Eddie Mair (£300,000 and £34,999) and Laura Kuenssberg (£200,000 and £249,999)
Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman and Bruno Tonoli are in the £200,000-£250,000 band, while Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell receive between £150,000 and £200,000.
Tess Daly, Ms Winkleman’s co-host, was paid between £350,000 and £400,000.
Emily Maitlis, the newsreader, Sarah Montague, the presenter of the Today programme on Radio 4, and Louise Minchin, who presents the Breakfast show, do not earn more than £150,000 a year according to the disclosure.
The salary payments are required under the BBC’s new Royal Charter and does not reveal exact amounts. They also only refer to the amount of licence fee money each person receives, not their earnings from other broadcasters or commercial activities.
Top Gear presenter Matt LeBlanc does not appear on the list as he is thought to be paid by the BBC’s commercial operation, BBC Worldwide, and not the licence fee.
BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker is shown as earning more than £200,000. He also presents Football Focus and was part of the Rio Olympics coverage.
Overall, 25 men on the talent list receive more than £250,000, compared to just nine women.
Chris Evans today said: “We are the ultimate public company I think, and therefore it’s probably right and proper people know what we get paid.”
Casualty’s Derek Thompson is the BBC’s highest paid actor, receiving between £350,000 and £400,000.
His co-star in drama, Amanda Mealing is the corporation’s highest paid actress, receiving between £250,000 and £300,000.
Peter Capaldi, the outgoing star of Doctor Who, was paid between £200,000 and £250,000.
The overall payment on salaries was £193.5m, against £198m spent in 2015/2016.
The figures also show a decrease – from 109 to 96 – in the amount of individuals paid more than £150,000.
The total spend on those with salaries of more than £150,000 is down £5m on the £31.9m paid in the previous financial year.
The BBC is preparing its staff for a backlash from those who believe many of the top names are overpaid for what they do.
Director General Tony Hall said its on-air talent “help make the BBC what it is”.
According to The Guardian, the BBC will allow its top names to defend themselves on social media. It has offered support and advice on dealing with the fallout.
It is understood BBC bosses have not issued any specific guidelines on social media engagement and will allow individuals to decide the extent of their public reaction to the disclosure.
Hall said: “We’re in a market that is now even more competitive than ever. A decade ago it might have been just ITV or Sky or commercial radio. But now it’s Netflix, Amazon or Apple.
“But of course we all appreciate that we are dealing with the public’s money. We’re talking about what, to lots of people, are large sums. This is not something we can take lightly.
“That’s why we always try to pay people at a discount to the market. It’s why the bill for top talent is down by 10% year on year – down by a quarter over the last five years. And the amount we pay the very highest earners has dropped by 40% over the same period.
“We’re not afraid to walk away if money becomes an issue. That’s one of the reasons we’re the biggest investor in new British talent there is.”
Politics presenter Andrew Marr described the prospect of BBC staff having their salary made public as “uncomfortable for all of us”.
The full list:
Chris Evans, Radio 2 Breakfast Show presenter
Gary Lineker, Match of the Day presenter
Graham Norton, radio and television presenter
Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2 host
John Humphrys, presenter of Radio 4’s today programme and Mastermind
Huw Edwards, News presenter
Steve Wright, Radio 2 presenter
Claudia Winkleman, Strictly Come Dancing host
Matt Baker, Countryfile and One Show presenter
Andrew Marr, politics show host
Stephen Nolan, Radio Five Live presenter
Alan Shearer, Match of the Day pundit
Nicky Campbell, co-host of the breakfast show on 5 live with Rachel Burden – who is not on the list
Alex Jones, co-host of The One Show with Matt Baker
Fiona Bruce, News presenter and Antiques Roadshow host
Vanessa Feltz, Radio London presenter
Nick Grimshaw, Radio 1 Breakfast host
Simon Mayo, Radio 2 presenter
Tess Daly, Strictly Come Dancing host
Sue Barker, Question of Sport and Tennis presenter
Eddie Mair, presenter of Radio 4’s PM programme
Lauren Laverne, Radio 6 Music presenter
Nick Knowles, DIY SOS host
Zoe Ball, Radio 2 host
Brian Cox, presenter
Evan Davis, host of Newsnight
Jason Mohammad, Welsh radio and television presenter
George Alagiah, News presenter
Nick Robinson, co-host of the Radio 4 Today programme
Scott Mills, Radio 1 host
Trevor Nelson, Radio 2 DJ
Ken Bruce, Radio 2 presenter
Amanda Mealing, plays Connie Beauchamp in Casualty
Derek Thompson, plays Charlie Fairhead in Casualty
Mark Chapman, Match of the Day 2 host
Jools Holland, presenter of Later
Dan Walker, Breakfast presenter
John Inverdale, sports host
Gabby Logan, sports host
Victoria Derbyshire, radio and television presenter
Mishal Husain, part of the Radio 4 Today presenting team
Martha Kearney, World at One host
Laura Kuenssberg, political editor
Andrew Neil, host of This Week
Jonathan Sopel, North America editor
Mark Radcliffe, Radio 2 host
Gary Barlow, Let It Shine host
Len Goodman, Strictly Come Dancing judge
Dannii Minogue, Let It Shine panellist
Bruno Tonioli, Strictly Come Dancing judge
Alan Yentob, presenter
Peter Capaldi, Dr Who
Danny Dyer, EastEnders actor
Emilia Fox, Silent Witness actress
David Jason, actor
Rosie Marcel, Jacqueline Naylor in Holby City
Adam Woodyatt, Ian Beale in EastEnders
Naga Munchetty, news presenter
Adrian Chiles, sports presenter
Greg James, Radio 1 host
Shaun Keaveny, Radio 6 Music presenter
Moira Stuart, Radio 2 newsreader
Jo Whiley, Radio 2 host
Jonathan Agnew, cricket broadcaster
Clare Balding, sports presenter
Jonathan Davies, sports presenter
John McEnroe, sports presenter
Darcey Bussell, Strictly Come Dancing judge
Mel Giedroyc, former Bake Off co-presenter
Craig Revel-Horwood, Strictly Come Dancing judge
Paul Martin, Hidden Heritage presenter
Simon Schama, historian
Kamal Ahmed, Economics Editor
Jeremy Bowen, Middle East Editor
Ben Brown, news presenter
Mark Easton, Home Editor
Gavin Esler, news presenter
James Naughtie, broadcaster
John Pienaar, political broadcaster
Sophie Raworth, news presenter
John Simpson, World Affairs Editor
Kirsty Wark, the Newsnight host
Justin Webb, the Today host
Laurie Brett, who plays Jane Beale in EastEnders
Letitia Dean, who played Sharon Watts in EastEnders
Tameka Empson, former EastEnders actress
Guy Henry, who plays Henrik Hanssen in Holby City
Linda Henry, who plays Shirley Carter in EastEnders
Scott Maslen, who plays Jack Branning in EastEnders
Diane Parish, who plays Denise Fox in EastEnders
Hugh Quarshie, who plays Ric Griffin in Holby City
Jemma Redgrave, who plays Bernie Wolfe in Holby City
Tim Roth, the actor
Catherine Shipton, who plays Duffy in Casualty
Gillian Taylforth, who plays Kathy Beale in EastEnders
Lacey Turner, who plays Stacey Branning in EastEnders