BBC stars ‘humiliated’ as broadcaster is set to release talent’s wages

‘We’re all going to get pummelled in a National Trolling Festival’: ‘Humiliated’ BBC stars slam corporation ahead of release of their salaries down to the nearest £10,000

  • Salaries of the highest-earning stars at the BBC will be released on Wednesday
  • More women are expected to be in the top earners following gender pay protests
  • Third of stars salaries will not be included due to a loophole in how stars are paid

BBC stars are said to be ‘humiliated’ at the Corporation’s move to release pay details of its top talent in £10,000 pay brackets in an upcoming report.

Previously the BBC shared its stars salaries within £50,000 area to provide a level of privacy for the dozens of famous faces they employ.

The move is said to be an increase in transparency at the corporation that has been riddled with debate over its gender pay gap since former China editor Carrie Gracie publicly resigned from her role in January over a salary dispute.

Strictly Come Dancing presenters, Claudia Winkleman (who earns between £450,000 and £499,000) and Tess Daly (who earns between £350,000 and £399,000) will not be included on the list as their show is now run by BBC Studios

However, a third of the names that earn above the £150,000 threshold won’t be included on the list to be released in Wednesday’s report as they star on programmes made by BBC studios – which is now a commercial entity.

The BBC’s top earners finally revealed 

1. Chris Evans £2.2m – £2.25m

2. Gary Lineker £1.75m – £1.8m

3. Graham Norton £850,0000 – £899,999

4. Jeremy Vine £700,000 – £749,999

5. John Humphrys £600,000 – £649,999

6. Huw Edwards £550,000 – £599,999

7. Steve Wright £500,000 – £549,999

= 8. Claudia Winkleman £450,000 – £499,999

= 8. Matt Baker £450,000 – £499,999

= 9. Nicky Campbell £400,000 – £449,999

= 9. Andrew Marr £400,000 – £449,999

= 9. Stephen Nolan £400,000 – £449,999

= 9. Alan Shearer £400,000 – £449,999

=9. Alex Jones £400,000 – £449,000

10. Fiona Bruce £350,000 – £399,999

The loophole means the salaries of stars such as Claudia Winkleman, the BBC’s highest earning woman, will become a secret.

Strictly Come Dancing is one of the shows run by BBC Studios, which is technically an independent production company. These shows are not funded directly by the license fee, therefore the stars’ salaries do not need to be disclosed.

Winkleman’s Strictly co-stars, Tess Daly, Darcy Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Shirley Ballas will also keep their salary secret, as will the 17 actors on Eastenders, Casualty and Holby City that earn more than £150,000.

Other big names to be excluded from the list will be Matt Baker and Alex Jones from the One Show and Nick Knowles from DIY SOS.

Journalists and presenters who work on more than one show may fall down the rankings. For example, Fiona Bruce’s salary for her work on BBC News will appear, but her pay for presenting Antiques Roadshow will be excluded.

Culture Secretary Matt Hancock previously said the ‘£50,000’ brackets weren’t sufficiently detailed and asked the bands to be narrowed.

The list is also expected to have more women in it this time as many have taken ‘pay revisions’ following the last report that showed women earning significantly less than their male counterparts.

One star on the list described the £10,000 brackets as ‘a humiliation’. 

‘We’re resigned to the fact that the BBC has effectively launched a National Trolling Festival where we all get pummelled over our salaries. Everyone is totally exasperated and fed up – managers and presenters.


Chris Evans (left) and Gary Lineker (right) are the BBC’s two highest paid stars, both on salaries of more than £1.75million

Fiona Bruce, the tenth best paid star at the BBC, is expected to fall down the list as her salary from Antiques Roadshow (pictured, presenting) will not be included, but her work as a news anchor will

‘Transparency will effectively lead to a rate card where they ‘pay the chair’ instead of the presenter’ they told the Sunday Telegraph.

While some BBC high-ups described the move as ‘unbritish’ others said the move was positive and told their colleagues to ‘shut up’ if they were earning more than £150,000.

A BBC spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘BBC Studios is a commercial operation not underpinned by the licence fee so, just like the independent production companies it competes for business with, it isn’t required to disclose salaries.

‘The BBC leads the way in transparency and this year people will see we’ll go even further in the information we publish.’

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