BBC salaries 2020 – pay list in FULL: How much do BBC stars get paid?

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Gary Lineker’s staggering BBC opay oacket has sparked fury in recent years – but critics will be delighted to learn the Match of the Day host and former footballing legend has agreed a £400,000 pay cut. Lineker was the highest-earning star at the corporation with a salary of £1.75m in the last financial year – but Zoe Ball could be about to take up the top spot as the Radio 2 presenter has seen her pay rise by £1m since taking over the breakfast show in 2019. So how much does the BBC pay? Lets find out. 

Who is the highest paid at the BBC?

  1. Gary Lineker – £1,750,000-£1,754,999
  2. Zoe Ball – £1,360,000-£1,364,999
  3. Graham Norton – £725,000-£729,000
  4. Steve Wright – £475,000-£479,999
  5. Huw Edwards – £465,000-£469,999
  6. Fiona Bruce – £450,000-£454,999
  7. Vanessa Feltz – £405,000-£409,999
  8. Lauren Laverne – £395,000 – £399,999
  9. Alan Shearer – £390,000-£394,999
  10. Stephen Nolan – £390,000-£394,999

Director general Tim Davie told reporters: “Gary Lineker has signed up to a new five-year contract saving a quarter over his last contract.”

He described the former England player as a brilliant broadcaster and said his new deal was a great example of the “best talent and the best value”.

“And before you ask, Gary knows his responsibility to the BBC in terms of his use of social media,” he added.

The BBC’s total salary for on-air talent in 2019/20 rose by £1m to £144.6m. 

However, it’s important to note that some stars don’t appear on the salary list above.

This is because the BBC’s commercial arm BBC Studios, which makes many popular shows, doesn’t have to disclose its fees so presenter’s of some of the BBC’s biggest programmes such as Top Gear and Doctor Who are missing from the list.

All this year’s top ten earners are white. And of the 18 stars paid more than £300,000, only one – newsreader George Alagiah – is from a black or Asian background.

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And how does this compare to last year? Well he’s how the top ten looked for 2018/9:

  1. Gary Lineker –  £1,750,000-£1,754,999
  2. Graham Norton –  £610,000-£614,999
  3. Huw Edwards –  £490,000-£494,999
  4. Steve Wright – £465,000-£469,999
  5. Alan Shearer –  £440,000-£444,999
  6. Zoe Ball – £370,000-£374,999
  7. Vanessa Feltz – ££355,000-£359,999
  8. Stephen Nolan –  £325,000-£329,999
  9. Lauren Laverne –  £305,000-£309,999
  10. Fiona Bruce – £255,000-£259,999

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