Gary Lineker is revealed as BBC’s highest earner – as three female stars go into top 10

Gary Lineker, Chris Evans and Graham Norton remain at the top of the BBC‘s rich list despite the corporation handing out huge pay rises of up to £200,000 to women stars, it was revealed today.

Lineker raked in £1.75million for presenting Match of Day last year, down by £5,000 on last year, while Graham Norton earned £615,000 for his work on Radio 2, up £10,000. Despite leaving BBC radio in December, Chris Evans was still the second-highest earner on £1.25million, down £40,000.

For the first time ever, women were in the top 10, with Zoe Ball, Claudia Winkleman, both earning up to £375,000, and Vanessa Feltz, who is on up to £360,000, among the top earners.

The BBC has spent hundreds of thousands of pounds of licence fee-payers’ cash on increasing the wages of women, including those paid to Sara Cox, Jo Whiley, Lauren Laverne and Emily Maitlis, while slashing the salaries of senior men. 

The astonishing pay packets were revealed as critics slam the BBC for scrapping the universal free TV licence for over-75s – with many saying the corporation should be cutting pay rather than charging pensioners.

Its annual report reveals the BBC’s total pay bill is now £1,078million, up £60million from last year. The bill for top stars hit £159million this year, up by £11million on last year.

The BBC’s annual report is the first salary disclosures since the corporation sparked outrage by announcing it is scrapping the universal free TV licence for over-75s. The corporation claims it would need to find £745million a year if it didn’t carry out the move.

Defending Lineker’s salary, director-general Lord Hall said today: ‘Every time contracts come up we look at them, we negotiate hard with people but Gary does do an excellent job.

‘People and our audiences, when we ask them, want us to employ great people but overall our talent bill is coming down and it’s 0.5% of our overall spend… the bill is coming down, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t employ great people who entertain us, who inform us, who educate us.’

Today’s annual report revealed:

  • Three women are now in the top 10 earners at the BBC for the first time – and 75 people at the BBC now earn more than £150,000 – up from 64 last year;
  • Female stars including Zoe Ball, Vanessa Feltz, Sara Cox, Jo Whiley, Gabby Logan, Rachel Burden, Laura Kuennsberg and more handed pay rises of between £20,000 and £200,000 after gender pay gap row;
  • But senior men including John Humphrys, Jeremy Vine and Nicky Campbell have had they salaries slashed by up to £140,000;
  • Strictly presenter Tess Daly and the judges, as well as stars of The One Show, EastEnders, Casualty and other soaps don’t have to reveal their pay because they are made by private company BBC Studios;
  • The BBC makes £3.69billion from the licence fee, down slightly from last year, but the broadcaster’s official total pay bill is currently just over £1billion, up £60million from last year, after total staff rose by 1,000 to 21,431;  
  • Lord Hall insists the BBC cannot afford to pay for free TV licences for over-75s despite the Beeb’s wage bill rising £60m – and says it is up to the Government to find the money;

A total 75 people at the BBC now earn over £150,000, up from 64 last year, figures from the report show.

The corporation says it is narrowing the gender pay gap after uproar among female stars who learned men were being paid much for for doing the same job.

Jo Whiley was given £100,000 more  this year – up from £170,000 to £275,000. New Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Zoë Ball is earning £370,000, up from less than £150,000, and Sara Cox, who was vying for the top job on BBC radio, is up from £100,000 to £239,000. 

Zoe Ball’s pay will rise significantly next year. She has only hosted the radio show since January after taking over from Chris Evans. 

Stats released today show a number of women stars seeing pay increases while male presenters endured pay cuts. The figures above show the increases and decreases, but men still enjoy higher pay than their female counterparts

Stats released today show a number of women stars seeing pay increases while male presenters endured pay cuts. The figures above show the increases and decreases, but men still enjoy higher pay than their female counterparts

Stats released today show a number of women stars seeing pay increases while male presenters endured pay cuts. The figures above show the increases and decreases, but men still enjoy higher pay than their female counterparts

A number of female news presenters also got huge windfalls, with Sophie Raworth now on more than £265,000, up from £205,000, Fiona Bruce on more than £255,000, up from around £185,000, and Emily Maitlis on more than £260,000, up from around £225,000. 

A number of high-profile men dropped out of the top 10, including Jeremy Vine, John Humphrys, Nicky Campbell and Nick Grimshaw. All four have seen their pay cut.  

Jeremy Vine had £140,000 chopped from his salary while John Humphrys has lost £100,000, Steve Wright’s pay dropped by £80,000 and Nicky Campbell is earning £60,000 less last year.

But, in a statement posted by Today programme presenter Mishal Husain, the group BBC Women suggested it was too early to celebrate.

‘There has been some progress in the last two years, but many women at all levels of the BBC are locked into slow, inefficient and demoralising internal processes,’ they said.

‘New equal pay cases are still emerging and staff are yet to have confidence that pay inequality is in the past.’

Despite the pay cuts for men, the huge budget for salaries will anger pensioners facing being stripped of their free licences.

BBC chairman Sir David Clementi defended the controversial decision over TV licence fees for the over-75s, insisting it is ‘the fairest one possible’. 

Sir David said: ‘I truly believe the decision we have made to fund free licences for the over-75s in receipt of Pension Credit is the fairest one possible, fairest to the poorest pensioners and fairest to all licence fee payers.’

Free licences will be restricted to over-75s who claim Pension Credit from June 1 2020.  

Lord Hall said: ‘The decision to continue funding free TV licences for over-75s on Pension Credit makes it all the more important that the BBC does everything possible to help itself financially – that’s why the record levels of efficiency and higher commercial returns are so important in ensuring we have a strong BBC for the future.’ 

Despite the main trend being increased salaries for women and cuts in pay fort men, some male presenters saw their pay increase.

TV and radio presenter Jason Mohammad has seen a rise of around £95,000, and BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker has had an increase of roughly £60,000.

Justin Webb and Nick Robinson, presenters of the Today programme, have both seen an increase (£85,000 and £40,000 respectively).

Radio 1 breakfast show host Greg James is up around £55,000, while football pundit Alan Shearer has seen a rise of £30,000. 

Today’s figures were released after director general Lord Hall defended high pay for top stars, insisting the public was prepared to pay for ‘talented and entertaining’. 

Lord Hall wrote in a blog last night: ‘They would earn significantly more elsewhere – and recent departures to commercial rivals show this argument isn’t hollow.

‘The simple truth is we have spent more than ever on content, but the amount we have spent proportionally on talent has come down.

‘But more importantly, whenever we ask the public whether they want big stars on the BBC they say yes. They say yes because they are talented and entertaining. They also say yes as it means they are getting big value from the BBC.’ 

Today, Lord Hall said the figures shows the BBC had ‘turned a corner on gender pay’.

He added: ‘When we published the figures for top talent, there was a 75:25 split between men and women. The projection for 2019/20 is now 55:45. This is significant change. The task is not complete, we are not complacent, but we are well on our way.’

The changing fortunes of the BBC’s men and women 

Today’s annual report shows many high-profile women at the BBC have had pay increases as the corporation seeks to cut its gender pay cap.

Meanwhile, a series of well-known male presenters, many coming to the end of their careers, have had to put up with reduced wages.

Stats in the report show that men at the BBC now earn on average 6.7% more than women, down from 9.3% in 2017. Figures show 54% of staff at the corporation are men, while 46% are women.

Director-general Tony Hall said the stats showed the broadcaster had ‘turned the corner on gender pay’. 

 Five female presenters who’ve had their pay soar…

  • Jo Whiley – Radio 2 – Up from £170,000 to £275,000 
  • Sara Cox – Radio 2 – Up from less than £150,000 to £239,000 
  • Sophie Raworth – BBC News – Up from £205,000 to more than £265,000 
  • Fiona Bruce – BBC News and the Antiques Roadshow – Up from £185,000 to more than £255,000 
  • Emily Maitlis – Newsnight – Up from around £225,000 to more than £260,000 

 …and five men who’ve dropped out of the top 10…

  • Jeremy Vine – Radio 2 & Eggheads – Now on £294,000 (down from £449,000
  • Nicky Campbell – 5 live Breakfast – Now on £344,000 (down from £419,000)
  • Nick Grimshaw – Radio 1 – Now on £314,000 (down from £409,000)
  • John Humphrys – Radio 4 Today – Now on £295,000 (down from £409,000)
  • Stephen Nolan – The Nolan Show – Now on £329,00 (down from £409,000)

Tess Daley, Alex Jones and the EastEnders cast are able to ‘hide their earnings’ as BBC sets aside £12m to compensate ‘livid’ stars forced to pay more tax

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman do not have to reveal the pay they receive from Strictly Come Dancing

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman do not have to reveal the pay they receive from Strictly Come Dancing

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman do not have to reveal the pay they receive from Strictly Come Dancing

BBC stars including Tess Daly are paid by BBC Studios, a TV production and distribution company, meaning they do not have to have their salaries disclosed in today.

Matt Baker and Alex Jones, the presenters from The One Show, also do not have to reveal their annual pay because the daily magazine show is made by BBC Studios.

The company makes many of the BBC’s popular programmes, but has been a commercial entity since April 2017 and is not funded by licence fee payers.

Stars of programmes including Top Gear, Strictly Come Dancing, Planet Earth II, Doctor Who, Mrs Brown’s Boys, EastEnders, Casualty and The One Show – all created by BBC Studios – are off the list.

Some stars have just portions of their salaries shown.

For example, Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman was last year in the £379,000 – £374,999 pay bracket for hosting a weekly show on Radio 2 and a ‘range of programmes and series’ on BBC. 

But it appears her fee for hosting Strictly is not listed.

Casualty actor Derek Thompson, EastEnders star Danny Dyer and outgoing Strictly Come Dancing judge Dame Darcey Bussell and her colleagues are not listed.

Zoe Ball, who made up to £374,000 to £375,000, does not have to say her earnings for Strictly: It Takes Two because it is made by BBC Studios.

Today it was revealed that the corporation has set aside £12million to help stars with their tax bills.

Last year it was revealed that presenters were ‘livid’ because they were being forced to pay the top rate of income tax because the BBC scrapped a payment system that channelled earnings through personal companies.

Instead, stars, believed to have included Chris Evans and Claudia Winkleman, would now be classified as ordinary employees.

Mrs Brown's Boys is among the shows whose stars do not have to reveal their pay as they are paid by BBC Studios

Mrs Brown's Boys is among the shows whose stars do not have to reveal their pay as they are paid by BBC Studios

Mrs Brown’s Boys is among the shows whose stars do not have to reveal their pay as they are paid by BBC Studios

This means they will follow the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) tax plan like millions across Britain, which lands them paying the top rate

But ‘upset’ presenters have accused the broadcaster of ‘throwing them under a bus’, a source told The Times, with another claiming top stars are ‘having to fight to be treated with respect’.

The £12million will be used to either pay HMRC or the presenters involved.

Today’s annual report says: ‘The Board considers that a settlement option with either HMRC or individual presenters is in the best interests of the BBC’.

Revealed: The BBC’s 75 stars now paid in excess of £150,000 (that’s more than the Prime Minister!) 

Today Programme

Nick Robinson – £290,000 – £294,999 

John Humphrys – £290,000 – £294,999   

Mishal Husain – £255,000 – £259,999

Martha Kearney – £245,000 – £249,999 

Justin Webb – £245,000 – £249,999

World at One 

Sarah Montague – £240,000 – £244,999 

PM 

Evan Davis – £275,000 – £279,999 

Eddie Mair – £155,000 – £159,999  

BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten 

Huw Edwards – £490,000 – £494,999 

George Alagiah – £315,000 – £319,999 

Sophie Raworth – £265,000 – £269,999 

Question Time 

Fiona Bruce – £255,000 – £259,999 

The Andrew Marr Show 

Andrew Marr – £390,000 – £394,999 

Newsnight 

Emily Maitlis – £260,000 – £264,999 

Victoria Derbyshire Show

Victoria Derbyshire – £215,000 – £219,999 

BBC News Channel 

Clive Myrie – £200,000 – £204,999 

Reeta Chakrabarti – £170,000 – £174,999 

Ben Brown – £165,000 – £169,999 

Jane Hill – £155,000 – £159,999 

Joanna Gosling – £150,000 – £154,999 

BBC Radio News 

Tina Daheley – £185,000 – £189,999 

BBC Breakfast 

Louise Minchin – £205,000 – £209,999 

Naga Munchetty – £190,000 – £194,999 

Charlie Stayt – £190,000 – £194,999  

On-air editors and correspondents 

Laura Kuenssberg – £250,000 – £254,999 

Jon Sopel – £240,000 – £244,999 

Jeremy Bowen – £215,000 – £219,999 

Amol Rajan – £210,000 – £214,999 

Katya Adler – £205,000 – £209,999 

Fergal Keane – £195,000 – £199,999 

Mark Easton – 180,000 – £184,999 

James Naughtie – £170,000 – £174,999 

Simon Jack – £170,000 – £174,999

John Pienaar – £160,000 – £164,999 

Sarah Smith – £160,000 – £164,999

Orla Guerin – £160,000 – £164,999 

 BBC Radio 1 

Nick Grimshaw – £310,000 – £314,999 

Scott Mills – £285,000 – £289,999 

Greg James – £225,000 – £229,999 

Annie Mac – £180,000 – £184,999 

Clara Amfo – £150,000 – £154,999 

BBC Radio 2 

Chris Evans – £1,250,000 – £1,254,999 

Steve Wright – £465,000 – £469,999 

Zoe Ball  – £370,000 – £374,999 

Jeremy Vine – £290,000 – £294,999 

Ken Bruce – £280,000 – £284,999 

Jo Whiley – £270,000 – £274,999 

Simon Mayo – £245,000 – £249,999 

Sara Cox – £235,000 – £239,999 

Trevor Nelson – £165,000 – £169,999 

BBC Radio 5 live 

Nicky Campbell – £340,000 – £345,999 

Adrian Chiles – £180,000 – £184,999 

Nihal Arthanayake – £175,000 – £179,999 

Rachel Burden – £170,000 – £174,999 

Dotun Adebayo – £150,000 – £154,999 

BBC 6 Music 

Lauren Laverne – £305,000 – £309,999 

Shaun Keaveny – £160,000 – £164,999 

Multiple stations 

Vanessa Feltz – £355,000 – £359,999 

Stephen Nolan – £325,000 – £329,999 

Mark Radcliffe – £155,000 – £159,999 

Sport 

Gary Lineker   – £1,750,000 – £1,754,999 

Alan Shearer – £440,000 – £444,999 

Jermaine Jenas – £210,000 – £214,999 

Ian Wright – £205,000 – £209,999

Jonathan Agnew  – £170,000 – £174,999 

Sue Barker – £195,000 – £199,999 

John McEnroe – £190,000 – £194,999 

Gabby Logan  – £290,000 – £294,999 

Mark Chapman –  £230,000 – £234,999 

Clare Balding – £175,000 – £179,999 

Television and radio

Mary Berry – £195,000 – £199,999 

Jason Mohammad – £355,000 – £359,999 

Dan Walker – 280,000 – £284,999 

Graham Norton – £610,000 – £614,999 

Claudia Winkleman  – £370,00 – £374,999

…and the BBC bosses also earning more than £150,000 

Director-General 

Tony Hall – £450,000 – £454,999

Executive committee 

Charlotte Moore – Director Content – £370,000 – £374,999 

Francesca Unsworth Director, News and Current Affairs £340,000 – £344,999 

Ken MacQuarrie Director, Nations and Regions – £325,000 – £329,999 

Glyn Isherwood Chief Financial Officer – £315,000 – £319,999 

Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth Chief HR Officer – £310,000 – £314,999  

Matthew Postgate Chief Technology and Product Officer – £310,000 – £314,999

James Purnell Director, Radio and Education – £305,000 – £309,999

Kerris Bright Chief Customer Officer – £280,000 – £284,999 

Bob Shennan Group Managing Director – £275,000 – £279,999 

Sarah Jones Group Legal Counsel – £270,000 – £274,999

John Shield Director, Communications and Corporate Affairs – £225,000 – £229,999 

David Jordan Director, Editorial Policy and Standards – £175,000 – £179,999  

Clare Sumner Director, Policy – £170,000 – £174,999

Gautam Rangarajan Director, Strategy Corporate Functions – £170,000 – £174,999

Corporate 

Bal Samra Group Commercial Director £325,000 – £329,999

Shirley Cameron Group Financial Controller  – £210,000 – £214,999 

Dale Haddon HR Director – £205,000 – £209,999 

Balram Veliath Director, Quality, Risk and Assurance – £205,000 – £209,999

Gillian Taylor Director, Reward – £200,000 – £204,999 

Anna Gronmark HR Director, News and Current Affairs £195,000 – £199,999 

Joe Godwin Director, Academy – £190,000 – £194,999 

Peter Ranyard Director, Corporate Legal – £190,000 – £194,999

Noel Scotford Director, HR Systems and Business Analytics – £175,000 – £179,999

Rachel Currie HR Director, Content, Radio and Education – £170,000 – £174,999 

Claudia Giles Legal Director – £170,000 – £174,999

Chris Rowsell Head of Regulation – £170,000 – £174,999

Phil Harrold Company Secretary – £165,000 – £169,999

Wendy Aslett HR Director, Nations and Regions – £165,000 – £169,999 

Claire Paul Senior Head of Leadership and Development – £160,000 – £164,999

Sarah Gregory Director, HR Operations – £160,000 – £164,999

Catherine Hearn Director, Resourcing – £160,000 – £164,999

Isabel Begg Head of Commercial Rights and Business Affairs  – £155,000 – £159,999

Tim Cavanagh Director, Workplace  – £155,000 – £159,999

Alexis Hawkes Legal Director – £155,000 – £159,999

Pipa Doubtfire Director, Revenue Management – £155,000 – £159,999

Alan Bainbridge Director, Corporate Real Estate – £150,000 – £154,999

Jessica Cecil Director Design and Engineering – £150,000 – £154,999

Design and engineering 

Matt Grest Director, Platform – £210,000 – £214,999  

Stuart Page Director, Product and Systems – £200,000 – £204,999

Robin Pembrooke Director, Product and Systems – £200,000 – £204,999 

 Chris Condron Director, Product and Systems – £190,000 – £194,999 

Kieran Clifton Director, Distribution and Business Development – £185,000 – £189,999

Jatin Aythora Chief Architect – £185,000 – £189,999

Andy Baker Director, Engineering Operations – £185,000 – £189,999

Andy Conroy Controller, Research and Development – £180,000 – £184,999

Gary Payne Chief Information Security Officer – £180,000 – £184,999

Sarah Hayes Director, BBC Archives – £165,000 – £169,999

Richard Cooper Controller, Digital Distribution – £160,000 – £164,999

Andrew Kaczor Finance and Operations Director – £160,000 – £164,999

Mike Ford Programme Director – £160,000 – £164,999

Claire Hetherington Head of Product – £155,000 – £159,999

John Parrott Head of Architecture Marketing and Audiences – £150,000 – £154,999

Marketing 

Nick North Director, Audiences – £170,000 – £174,999

Justin Bairamian Director, BBC Creative Nations and Regions – £170,000 – £174,999

Nations and regions 

Ian Haythornthwaite Chief Financial and Operating Officer – £240,000 – £244,999

Donalda MacKinnon Director, Scotland – £180,000 – £184,999

Rhodri Talfan Davies Director, Wales – £180,000 – £184,999

Peter Johnston Director, Northern Ireland – £175,000 – £179,999

Chris Burns Senior Head of Local Radio Commissioning – £150,000 – £154,999

Steve Carson Senior Head of Multi-Platform Commissioning – £150,000 – £154,999 

Content 

Piers Wenger Controller, Drama Commissioning – £245,000 – £249,999 

Dan McGolpin Controller, iPlayer and Programming – £215,000 – £219,999

Alison Kirkham Controller, Factual Commissioning – £215,000 – £219,999

Barbara Slater Director, Sport – £215,000 – £219,999

Shane Allen Controller, Comedy Commissioning – £215,000 – £219,999

Patrick Holland Controller, BBC Two and BBC Four – £215,000 – £219,999

Kate Phillips Controller, Entertainment Commissioning – £210,000 – £214,999

Rose Garnett Director, BBC Films – £205,000 – £209,999

Lucy Richer Senior Commissioning Editor, Drama – £175,000 – £179,999

Tom McDonald Head of Specialist Factual Commissioning – £175,000 – £179,999

Cassian Harrison Channel Editor, BBC Four – £170,000 – £174,999

Philip Bernie Head of TV Sport – £170,000 – £174,999

Fiona Campbell Controller, BBC Three – £165,000 – £169,999

David Brindley Head of Popular Factual Commissioning – £160,000 – £164,999

Clare Sillery Head of Documentary Factual Commissioning – £155,000 – £159,999

Jo Wallace Senior Commissioning Editor, Entertainment News and Current Affairs – £150,000 – £154,999

News and current affairs 

Kamal Ahmed Editorial Director – £205,000 – £209,999

Jamie Angus Director, World Service Group – £195,000 – £199,999

Alan Dickson Chief Financial and Operating Officer – £195,000 – £199,999

Jonathan Munro Head of Newsgathering – £175,000 – £179,999

Mary Hockaday Controller, World Service English – £170,000 – £174,999

Gavin Allen Head of News Programmes – £170,000 – £174,999

Sarah Ward-Lilley Managing Editor – £165,000 – £169,999

Joanna Carr Head of Current Affairs – £155,000 – £159,999

James Gray Deputy Head of Current Affairs – £155,000 – £159,999

Jon Zilkha Senior Project Director Radio and Education – £150,000 – £154,999

Radio and education 

Graham Ellis Controller, Radio Production – £210,000 – £214,999

Alice Webb Director, Children’s – £210,000 – £214,999

Ben Cooper Controller, Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network – £200,000 – £204,999

Gwyneth Williams Controller, Radio 4 – £195,000 – £199,999

Charlotte Lock Launch Director, Sounds – £185,000 – £189,999

Cheryl Taylor Head of Content, Children’s –  £180,000 – £184,999

Alan Davey Controller, Radio Three – £175,000 – £179,999

Helen Bullough Head of Children’s Production – £170,000 – £174,999

Jonathan Wall Controller, 5 Live – £165,000 – £169,999

Rhona Burns Finance and Operations Director – £160,000 – £164,999 

Former Staff

Anne Bulford Deputy Director-General – £435,000 – £439,999

Richard Dawkins Chief Financial and Operating Officer – £200,000 – £204,999

Neelay Patel Director, Product and Systems – £200,000 – £204,999

Damian Kavanagh Controller, BBC Three – £190,000 – £194,999

Elizabeth Kilgarriff Senior Commissioning Editor (Drama) – £170,000 – £174,999

Mark Friend Controller, Editorial Projects – £160,000 – £164,999

Colin Burns Chief Design Officer – £150,000 – £154,999

Adrian Van Klaveren Head of Strategic Change and Portfolio Management – £150,000 – £154,999

Tunde Ogungbesan Head of Diversity and Inclusion – £150,000 – £154,999

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