BBC record: Gary Lineker and Zoe Ball stay highest-paid stars – in spite of taking pay cuts


Gary Lineker and Zoe Ball stay the highest-paid broadcasters on the BBC, in spite of each taking vital pay cuts, its annual record displays.

Fit Of The Day host Lineker took a lower of £400,000, losing his wage to £1.36 million, whilst Radio 2 breakfast host Ball noticed her pay drop via 27% to £980,000, after she asked a pay-cut all through the pandemic.

After grievance about its salary invoice, the company has controlled to slash its ability salaries via 10%, with many extra stars agreeing to take salary cuts or give up altogether.

Zoe Ball remains in the number two spot. Pic: Joel Ryan/Invision/AP
Zoe Ball stays within the quantity two spot. %: Joel Ryan/Invision/AP

Talking about Ball’s determination to drop her pay from closing yr’s determine of between £1,130,000 and £1,134,999, a BBC spokeswoman mentioned: “Zoe Ball is a world-class broadcaster internet hosting Radio 2’s flagship display and her professionalism and dedication to the Breakfast Display is bizarre.”

BBC director-general Tim Davie, who himself took a 27% pay lower, mentioned negotiations with peak ability over lowering their pay were “mutual and positive”.

“It’s not that i am going to present knowledge at the specifics of the conversations,” he mentioned.

“All I’d say is I feel everybody recognises the tactic, which is getting price to audiences and, with out being humorous, maximum conversations are mutual and positive.

“Now, obviously as a control workforce, we wish to get extra price and we’re prepared to make tricky selections to that extent.

“I feel those conversations have all been positive, as with Zoe Ball the place she got here ahead and mentioned she sought after to regulate the wage. I feel everybody is really with the programme on that one.”

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Somewhere else within the record, the gender steadiness of the highest 10 absolute best earners remained the similar as the former yr, with six males and 4 ladies, with Radio One DJ Scott Generators the one new entrant into the checklist.

Graham Norton, who was once up to now the company’s 3rd absolute best earner, has dropped out the highest 10 after leaving his Radio 2 display for a slot on Virgin Radio – however nonetheless takes a wage of £155,000-£159,000 for his different paintings.

His profits from his chat display aren’t counted, as it’s made via his personal manufacturing corporate.

The overall selection of workforce incomes greater than £150,000 a yr has dropped from 76 in 2019/2020 to 72 in 2020/2021.

Pay packets earned throughout the BBC’s industrial arm, BBC Studios, aren’t printed, with Mr Davie pronouncing the verdict to not was once “completely suitable”.

Huw Edwards, Emily Maitlis, Fiona Bruce, Ken Bruce and Vanessa Feltz are a number of the stars who’ve noticed their salaries lowered, whilst radio presenters Greg James and Scott Generators noticed their pay packets greater.

The record says: “COVID-19 has made the on-air surroundings extremely risky, with delays to productions and the cancellation of reside occasions, particularly game.

“In spite of this, we now have ensured a strong gender break up of 56:44.

“We now have demonstrated our talent to ship development since preliminary newsletter, with additional development anticipated within the imminent yr as we transfer against a 50:50 steadiness on a gender foundation.”

It provides that “vital discounts” had been agreed with those that seem “against the very peak of this checklist”.

EMBARGOED TO 0900 THURSDAY APRIL 22 File photo dated 01/09/20 of BBC's director-general Tim Davie who has said he would "like to do more" in creating apprenticeship programmes to ensure people have the skills to work in the sector. Issue date: Thursday April 22, 2021.
Tim Davie mentioned the BBC should do extra to make sure price for cash for licence commission payers

The record covers the primary six months of Mr Davie’s tenure as the pinnacle of the BBC, who mentioned in a remark: “The BBC has delivered exceptional content material and worth to audiences in bizarre instances this yr. I’m pleased with all we now have completed to tell, teach and entertain the country in document numbers all through the pandemic.

“The BBC is responding to international festival and drive on our funds. However, we all know we should do a lot more to make sure licence commission payers throughout the United Kingdom get easiest price from the BBC, to take care of their consider and supply a provider they can’t do with out.

“I’m completely all for making the reforms we wish to be certain that the BBC is located to provide all audiences the most efficient imaginable provider smartly into the long run.”

Responding to the record, Julian Knight, who chairs the Division of Tradition Media and Recreation committee, mentioned: “It is welcome that probably the most BBC’s top-earners have agreed to ‘vital discounts’ of their salaries this yr. But in spite of taking a pay lower Gary Lineker continues to be incomes £1.36 million.

“There stays a regarding loss of transparency as a result of quite a lot of top-earning stars are paid via BBC Studios and their salaries do not seem right here. Claudia Winkleman is a type of lacking from this checklist in spite of her paintings for Radio 2 and presenting Strictly.

“With none indication of whether or not those profits have long past up or down, licence-fee payers are handiest getting part the image on whether or not they’re getting price for cash.

“It is time for the BBC to decide to complete transparency on its ability invoice and drop the smoke and mirrors means.”


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