The corporation’s annual report revealed that Gary Lineker, Zoe Ball and Huw Edwards are amongst the 10 highest paid BBC stars who took a pay cut in the last year, as Scott Mills and Greg James both got wage increases.
Conservative MP Julian Knight called for the BBC to commit to full transparency on its talent bill and drop the smoke and mirrors approach as he pointed out many continue to get pay packets made through BBC Studios, the broadcasters commercial arm, which is not revealed.
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker is still the BBC’s highest-earning on-air talent taking home between £1,360,000 and £1,364,999.
Zoe Ball comes in second with a £1,130,000 to £1,134,99 between 2020 and 2021.
This is despite both stars taking pay cuts and Gary Lineker cutting his £1.75 million pay packet by £400,000 as part of a five-year deal.
Zoe Ball also took a cut in her pay when agreeing to a new two year deal as Radio 2’s breakfast host because she felt uncomfortable about her £1 million pay increase.
The remaining three stars in the top five, Steve Wright, Huw Edwards and Question Time anchor Fiona Bruce are all making less than they did in 2019 to 2020.
But Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills and his colleague Greg James both topped up their salaries with pay increases of £30,000 and £85,000 each.
Meanwhile, the report also unveiled that former BBC director-general Lord Hall took home £190,000 in the closing five months of his time running the broadcaster.
The BBC announced its highest earners list which shows staff wages dropped to £19.6 million:
Radio stars Scott Mills and Greg James had salary increases.
Garry Lineker, Zoe Ball, Huw Edwards and Steve Wright all had a cut in money.
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker is still the BBC’s highest-earning on-air celebrity, taking home between £1,360,000 and £1,364,999.
Zoe Ball comes in second with a £1,130,000 to £1,134,999 payroll between 2020 and 2021.
Gary Lineker cut his £1.75 million pay packet by £400,000 in 2020.
Zoe Ball also took a cut in her pay when agreeing on a new two year deal as Radio 2’s breakfast host.
Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills has received a wage increase and emerges on the top ten list for the first time with a salary of between £375,000 and £379,999, and his colleague Greg James made £310,000 to £314,999, up from £229,999 one year before.
The corporation paid new director-general Tim Davie, who succeeded Lord Hall in September, £471,000 in the 12 months to the end of March, seven months as director-general and five months in his prior job running BBC Studios.
Gary Lineker has also signed a £1.2 million, three-year contract to continue as the face of Walkers Crisps.
It’s an obscene amount of money, and no wonder people are refusing to pay the TV licence, it’s not as if they need our little bit of money, that’s just chicken feed to them, and then if you don’t pay the TV licence, they try to browbeat people by sending round their bully boys with clipboards, which probably costs them more money than what we owe on our licence, and Gary Lineker certainly brings nothing to our TV sets that’s worth that.
But Gary Lineker has been referred to as the BBC’s highest-earning on-air talent, what talent? And if he is like they say he is, then it doesn’t say much for the rest of them if he’s considered the best.
This guy gets over a million pounds a year for talking about football and eating crisps, and to be fair, I think that says more about our society than him to be honest.