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The BBC publish salaries of top earners

Chris Evans has been revealed as the highest earner at the BBC after the corporation was forced by the Government to disclose stars' salaries.


The Radio 2 DJ and former Top Gear presenter earned more than £2m last year, more than double Graham Norton, who picked up just under £900,000.

Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker, who collected more than £1.75m, joked ahead of the announcement over a potential backlash.

He tweeted: "Happy BBC salary day. I blame my agent and the other TV channels that pay more. Now where did I put my tin helmet?"

The figures reveal a huge disparity between men and woman, with 17 men earning over £300,000, compared with seven women.

Just two of the top 10 earners are women.

The highest-earning female is Claudia Winkleman, the presenter of Strictly Come Dancing, who earns around £500,000.

She is closely followed by The One Show's Alex Jones, earning over £400,000.


The third highest-paid woman is newsreader Fiona Bruce, who earns much less than male colleagues despite also fronting Antiques Roadshow.

The list of salaries are broken down into bands, rather than specific figures, but Ms Bruce earns between £350,000 and £400,000.

By contrast, Andrew Marr, Stephen Nolan from BBC Northern Ireland, Huw Edwards, John Humphrys, Nicky Campbell, Steve Wright, and Jeremy Vine are all paid considerably more.

Vine, who presents Panorama and on Radio 2, took home almost £750,000.

Kirsty Wark, Sophie Raworth, Victoria Derbyshire, Mishal Husain and Martha Kearney all appear to earn less than male presenters doing similar jobs and with similar experience.

Long-serving sports presenter Sue Barker earned just £300,000, while former England striker Alan Shearer collected more than £400,000 for being a pundit.

The highest-paid actor at the BBC is Derek Thompson, who plays Charlie in Casualty.

He gets between £350,000 and £400,000 - more than Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi - who is in the £200,000 to £250,000 bracket (the same as Adam Woodyatt - EastEnders' Ian Beale).

While the BBC has published senior management pay for many years, this is the first time it has done so for on-air talent.

BBC Director-General Tony Hall admitted the corporation needed to go "further and faster on issues of gender and diversity".

He said: "We need to employ the very best... talented people are critical for our relationship with audiences.

"We appreciate we are dealing with the public money. We do not take it lightly. The bill for top talent is down by 10% year on year.

"We are not afraid to walk away if money becomes an issue.

"Comparing people's pay is not straightforward. But we need to go further and faster on issues of gender and diversity

"Two thirds of list are men. Is it where we want to be? No. We want all our leading presenting roles to be equal between men and women.

"We want 15% of top earners to be BAME by 2020."

Damian Collins MP, chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, told Sky News the gender disparity "could be a really serious issue".

"If it becomes clear that people doing the same job with the same level of experience but being paid at very different levels, people will question why that can be the case," said Mr Collins.

Sir Craig Oliver, David Cameron's former director of communications and ex-BBC News executive, said the corporation could be facing "an inherent sexism issue" if figures reveal gender pay differences.

He told Sky News: "I've heard anecdotally that some female presenters are paid less than men who are doing the equivalent job.

"The people who decide those salaries will come up with all sorts of reasons for that but when it's down in black and white that becomes a profound issue.

"People are going to say that's a problem and ask if there is an inherent sexism issue.

"I think it is right that people get to see the figures."

Below is the full list:


TV NON SCRIPTED FACTUAL AND ENTERTAINMENT

£150,000 199,999

DARCEY BUSSELL CONTRIBUTOR MEL GIEDROYC - PRESENTER CRAIG HORWOOD CONTRIBUTOR PAUL MARTIN PRESENTER SIMON SCHAMA PRESENTER

£200 249,999

GARY BARLOW - CONTRIBUTOR LEN GOODMAN CONTRIBUTOR DANNII MINOGUE CONTRIBUTOR BRUNO TONIOLI CONTRIBUTOR ALAN YENTOB PRESENTER

£300 349,999 - NICK KNOWLES PRESENTER £350,000 399,999 - TESS DALY PRESENTER £400,000 449,999 ALEX JONES

NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS

150,000 199,999

KAMAL AHMED - CORRESPONDENT JEREMY BOWEN CORRESPONDENT BEN BROWN PRESENTER MARK EASTON CORRESPONDENT GAVIN ESLER PRESENTER JAMES NAUGHTIE CORRESPONDENT AND PRESENTER JOHN PIENAAR CORRESPONDENT SOPHIE RAWORTH - PRESENTER JOHN SIMPSON CORRESPONDENT KIRSTY WARK PRESENTER JUSTIN WEBB PRESENTER 

NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS 

£200,000-249,999  VICTORIA DERBYSHIRE PRESENTER MISHAL HUSAIN PRESENTER MARTHA KEARNEY PRESENTER  LAURA KUENSSBERG CORRESPONDENT ANDREW NEIL PRESENTER JON SOPEL CORRESPONDENT 

£250,000-£299,000 GEORGE ALAGIAH PRESENTER NICK ROBINSON PRESENTER

£300,000 - £349,999 EDDIE MAIR PRESENTER

RADIO 

£150,000-199,999 ADRIAN CHILES PRESENTER GREG JAMES PRESENTER  SHAUN KEAVENY PRESENTER MOIRA STUART PRESENTER JO WHILEY PRESENTER

£200,000-249,999 MARK RADCLIFFE PRESENTER

£250,000-299,999 KEN BRUCE PRESENTER SCOTT MILLS - PRESENTER TREVOR NELSON PRESENTER 

£300,000 349,999 LAUREN LAVERNE PRESENTER

£350,000 - £399,99 VANESSA FELTZ PRESENTER NICK GRIMSHAW PRESENTER SIMON MAYO PRESENTER

£400,000-449,999  NICKY CAMPBELL PRESENTER 

£500,000 549,999 STEVE WRIGHT PRESENTER 

SPORT

£150,000-199,999 JONATHAN AGNEW PRESENTER AND COMMENTATOR  CLARE BALDING PRESENTER  JONATHAN DAVIES CONTRIBUTOR JOHN McENROE PRESENTER AND COMMENTATOR

SPORT

£200,000 -249,999 JOHN INVERDALE - PRESENTER GABBY LOGAN - PRESENTER

£250,000 2999,999  JASON MOHAMMAD PRESENTER

£300,000-349,999  SUE BARKER - PRESENTER

£400, 000 449,999  ALAN SHEARER 

£1,750,000 - £1,799,999  GARY LINEKER PRESENTER 

MUTI-GENRE 

£150,000-199,999  NAGA MUNCHETTY PRESENTER AND CONTRIBUTOR

£200,000 -249,999 MARK CHAPMAN PRESENTER JOOLS HOLLAND PRESENTER DAN WALKER PRESENTER 

£250,000-299,999 ZOE BALL PRESENTER BRIAN COX PRESEMTER EVAN DAVIS PRESENTER 

£350,000-399,999 FIONA BRUCE PRESENTER

£400,000-449,999 ANDREW MARR PRESENTER STEPHEN NOLAN PRESENTER 

£450,000 499,999 MATT BAKER COMMENTATOR AND PRESENTER  CLAUDIA WINKLEMAN PRESENTER 

£550,000 599,999 HUW EDWARDS PRESENTER 

£600,000 649,999 JOHN HUMPHRYS PRESENTER 

£700,000-749,999 JEREMY VINE PRESENTER

£850,000-899,999 GRAHAM NORTON PRESENTER

£2,200,000-2,249,999 CHRIS EVANS PRESENTER
 

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