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Top BBC stars to have salaries reviewed - see how much they earn

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

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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.

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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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  • DevilMayCare  |  April 16 2014, 1:30PM

    for some reason it automatically changed by part web address with three w's and a bit of gloucestershireecho straigt in a tiny url. So to re-iterate the icon next to the three W's in the address bar at the top.

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  • DevilMayCare  |  April 16 2014, 1:27PM

    To get rid of the averts and so on as a tip. View the website in Google Chrome, click on the page icon next to http://tinyurl.com/pmmrnw5 and it gives you the option to block images, javascript, pop-ups and plugins. This will clear out most of the dross on this page. There is a downside, the picture that is at the start of the article will disappear or if it is a selection of photo's you can scroll through these won't show either, but you can just turn on one of the options to get that back (bit of trial and error). It will also find a lot of empty space proving how much dross is on a page.

  • Douglasknows  |  April 16 2014, 10:34AM

    It is very frustrating aldertonian, perhaps getting in the extra money for these crummy adverts is a way tig justifies their wages similar to the BBC in this story ;o)

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  • Aldertonian  |  April 16 2014, 9:50AM

    Local? And can someone sort out the invasive pop up adverts that make trying to read the website on an iPad extremely frustrating

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