HIGH-EARNING BBC stars such as Graham Norton and Gary Lineker are to have their pay reviewed amid concerns that salaries have 'got out of hand'.
An independent expert will look at the £200 million annual bill for 'BBC talent' to determine whether it is in line with commercial competitors, the BBC Trust has announced.
According to last year's BBC annual report, 250 performers and presenters earned more than £100,000, including 14 with salaries between £500,000 and £5million - but the BBC refuses to name them.
The Daily Mail said it understands that Graham Norton is paid £2.61million, Gary Lineker £1.5million, Jeremy Clarkson and Jeremy Paxman £1million, Fiona Bruce and Michael McIntyre £500,000 and Tess Daly £250,000.
A BBC Trust spokesman said: "Since we assessed talent pay five years ago, the BBC has successfully cut the amount it spends on its performers and presenters. But no market stays the same and it is time to look at this again.
"We are always seeking to balance saving money with ensuring the BBC has the range and quality of on-air and on-screen talent that audiences expect.
"This review will inform our work with the BBC and help ensure we have the right approach in place."
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