Top BBC earners list reveals gender pay gap

The figures reveal a huge disparity between men and woman

Top BBC earners list reveals gender pay gap

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Chris Evans has been revealed as the highest earner at the BBC, after the corporation was forced by the British government to disclose stars' salaries.

The Radio 2 DJ and former Top Gear presenter earned more than stg£2m (€2.26m) last year, more than double Irish host Graham Norton, who picked up just under stg£900,000 (€1.017m).

Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker, who collected more than stg£1.75m (€1.97m), joked ahead of the announcement over a potential backlash.

He tweeted: "Happy BBC salary day. I blame my agent and the other TV channels that pay more. Now where did I put my tin helmet?".


The figures reveal a huge disparity between men and woman, with 17 men earning over stg£300,000 (€339,307), compared with seven women.

Just two of the top 10 earners are women.

The highest-earning female is Claudia Winkleman, the presenter of Strictly Come Dancing, who earns around stg£500,000 (€565,331).

She is closely followed by The One Show's Alex Jones, earning over stg£400,000 (€452,265).

The third highest-paid woman is BBC newsreader Fiona Bruce, who earns much less than male colleagues despite also fronting Antiques Roadshow.

The list of salaries are broken down into bands, rather than specific figures, but Ms Bruce earns between stg£350,000  (€395,655) and stg£400,000 (€452,177).

By contrast, Andrew Marr, Stephen Nolan from BBC Northern Ireland, Huw Edwards, John Humphrys, Nicky Campbell, Steve Wright, and Jeremy Vine are all paid considerably more.

Vine, who presents Panorama and on Radio 2, took home almost stg£750,000 (€848,072).

Kirsty Wark, Sophie Raworth, Victoria Derbyshire, Mishal Husain and Martha Kearney all appear to earn less than male presenters doing similar jobs and with similar experience.

Long-serving sports presenter Sue Barker earned just stg£300,000 (€339,229), while former England striker Alan Shearer collected more than stg£400,000 (€452,305) for being a pundit.

The highest-paid actor at the BBC is Derek Thompson, who plays Charlie in Casualty.

He gets between stg£350,000 (€395,655) and stg£400,000 (€452,177) - more than Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi - who is in the stg£200,000 (€226,082) to stg£250,000 (€282,603) bracket (the same as Adam Woodyatt - EastEnders' Ian Beale).

While the BBC has published senior management pay for many years, this is the first time it has done so for on-air talent.

BBC Director-General Tony Hall admitted the corporation needed to go "further and faster on issues of gender and diversity".

He said: "We need to employ the very best... talented people are critical for our relationship with audiences.

"We appreciate we are dealing with the public money. We do not take it lightly. The bill for top talent is down by 10% year on year.

"We are not afraid to walk away if money becomes an issue.

"Comparing people's pay is not straightforward. But we need to go further and faster on issues of gender and diversity

"Two thirds of list are men. Is it where we want to be? No. We want all our leading presenting roles to be equal between men and women.

"We want 15% of top earners to be BAME (Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic) by 2020."

Below is the full list of the highest-earners at the BBC (in pound sterling):

£2,200,000-2,249,999
Chris Evans, Presenter
£1,750,000 - £1,799,999
Gary Lineker, Presenter
£850,000-899,999
Graham Norton, Presenter
£700,000-749,999
Jeremy Vine, Presenter
£600,000-649,999
John Humphrys, Presenter
£550,000-599,999
Huw Edwards, Presenter
£500,000-549,999
Steve Wright, Presenter
£450,000-499,999
Claudia Winkleman, Presenter
Matt Baker, Commentator and Presenter
£400,000-449,999
Alex Jones, Presenter
Nicky Campbell, Presenter
Stephen Nolan, Presenter
Andrew Marr, Presenter
Alan Shearer, Sport
£350,000 - £399,999
Derek Thompson, Actor
Fiona Bruce, Presenter
Tess Daly, Presenter
Vanessa Feltz, Presenter
Nick Grimshaw, Presenter
Simon Mayo, Presenter
£300,000-349,999
Nick Knowles, Presenter
Sue Barker, Presenter
Eddie Mair, Presenter
Lauren Laverne, Presenter
£250,000-299,999
George Alagiah, Presenter
Nick Robinson, Presenter
Ken Bruce, Presenter
Scott Mills, Presenter
Trevor Nelson, Presenter
Evan Davis, Presenter
Brian Cox, Presenter
Zoe Ball, Presenter
Jason Mohammad, Presenter
Amanda Mealing, Actor
£200,000 -249,999
Peter Capaldi, Actor
Danny Dyer, Actor
Emilia Fox, Actor
David Jason, Actor
Rosie Marcel, Actor
Adam Woodyatt, Actor
Gary Barlow, Contributor
Len Goodman, Contributor
Dannii Minogue, Contributor
Bruno Tonioli, Contributor
Alan Yentob, Presenter
Victoria Derbyshire, Presenter
Mishal Husain, Presenter
Martha Kearney, Presenter
Laura Kuenssberg, Correspondent
Andrew Neil, Presenter
Jon Sopel, Correspondent
Mark Radcliffe, Presenter
Mark Chapman, Presenter
Jools Holland, Presenter
Dan Walker, Presenter
John Inverdale, Presenter
Gabby Logan, Presenter
£150,000-199,999
Laurie Brett, Actor
Letitia Dean, Actor
Tameka Empson, Actor
Guy Henry, Actor
Linda Henry, Actor
Scott Maslen, Actor
Diane Parish, Actor
Hugh Quarshie, Actor
Jemma Redgrave, Actor
Tim Roth, Actor
Catherine Shipton, Actor
Gillian Taylforth, Actor
Lacey Turner, Actor
Darcey Bussell, Contributor
Mel Giedroyc, Presenter
Craig Horwood, Contributor
Paul Martin, Presenter
Simon Schama, Presenter
Justin Webb, Presenter
Kirsty Wark, Presenter
John Simpson, Correspondent
Sophie Raworth, Presenter
John Pienaar, Correspondent
James Naughtie, Correspondent and Presenter
Gavin Esler, Presenter
Mark Easton, Correspondent
Ben Brown, Presenter
Jeremy Bowen, Correspondent
Kamal Ahmed, Correspondent
Adrian Chiles, Presenter
Greg James, Presenter
Shaun Keaveny, Presenter
Moira Stuart, Presenter
Jo Whiley, Presenter
Naga Munchetty, Presenter and Contributor
John McEnroe, Presenter and Commentator
Jonathan Davies, Contributor
Clare Balding, Presenter
Jonathan Agnew, Presenter and Commentator