New DG wants cuts

Ball tops BBC pay chart as Lineker takes cut

Top earner: Zoe Ball (pic: BBC)

The BBC will face further questions over the huge salaries paid to its presenters despite its top earner agreeing to a 23% pay cut.

The corporation revealed that Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has agreed a £400,000 cut to his annual £1.75m pay packet.

However, other on-screen talent continue to enjoy up to seven-figure earnings.

The former footballer has been replaced as top earner by Radio Two breakfast show presenter Zoe Ball whose £1m pay rise gives her a salary of £1.36m.

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It is understood the BBC has raised the pay of more than 700 female employees since the start of its equal pay scandal. 

During the same period, 608 women received a pay revision or increase through an informal pay enquiry, The Guardian reported.

However, the rise in pay to its highest profile presenters could reignite anger over the BBC’s decision to strip almost 4million over-75s of their free TV licences.

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