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BBC & # 39; paid Radio 4 presenter James Naughtie £ 175,000 a year after only being on the air for 23 HOURS & # 39;


The BBC was beaten up for allegedly paying Radio 4 presenter James Naughtie £ 175,000 a year after being on the air for just 23 hours.

The 69-year-old's salary, along with fellow BBC presenters, was released as part of an annual report that sparked a backlash when the company stripped hundreds of jobs from its regional programs.

However, Sunday Sun analysis revealed that James Naughtie only worked a little over 23 hours, which means his salary is at £ 7,608 an hour, or £ 126 a minute.

Critics have referred to the number as evidence that the BBC has not been in touch as the company continues to face changes in TV licensing for those over 75.

According to a report released earlier this month, the BBC is being convicted for paying Radio 4 host James Naughtie £ 175,000 a year after being on the air for just 23 hours last year

A source told the Sun, “It's pretty clear it was an old boys club at the top of the BBC. Naughtie has been a big name for years, but I can't see how the BBC can justify such a huge salary for this amount of work.

“He's very respected and brilliant at what he does, but that's a huge sum and a kick in the teeth for those who are losing jobs. It shows how contactless the BBC is. & # 39;

Andrew Bridgen, MP for Tory added, “These expenditures would be unjustifiable at best, but certainly not if they cost over 75 years of royalty.

"I don't know how BBC bosses can sleep at night."

According to The Sun, Mr. Naughtie presented two documentaries, an opera performance, interviews and a night of election coverage, and hosted 12 episodes of a book club series.

A BBC spokesperson said: "Jim is one of the most famous voices on the radio, but the schedule of his airtime does not represent any of the behind-the-scenes work he's been involved in, and this list is incomplete anyway and does not include: Jim's work, for example for the BBC World Service. & # 39;

It comes when the BBC came under fire after published accounts showed employee wages rose 3.5 percent to £ 1.5 billion that year.

Critics have blasted their decision to reward their employees with a 3.5 percent total pay increase, even after announcing plans to curtail their business operations after the pandemic

Critics have blasted their decision to reward their employees with a 3.5 percent total pay increase, even after announcing plans to curtail their business operations after the pandemic

BBC Rich List Top Ten

1. BBC Radio 2's breakfast show, DJ Zoe Ball, costs £ 1.36 million.

2. Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has a cash prize of £ 1.35 million.

3. Graham Norton takes approximately £ 725,000 for his Radio 2 show and some TV work, but not for his chat show.

4. Radio 2 DJ Steve Wright is at approximately £ 475,000.

5. News anchor and election night presenter Huw Edwards has more than £ 465,000.

6. Fiona Bruce takes home over £ 450,000 for her work on Question Time.

7. Vanessa Feltz of BBC Radio London has around £ 405,000.

8. Desert Island Discs host Lauren Laverne has over £ 395,000.

9. Stephen Nolan's broadcaster raised over £ 390,000 for its radio work, including 5 Live.

10. Match Of The Day's Alan Shearer is £ 390,000 a year.

In the meantime, the company is pushing plans to revoke their free TV licenses from one million people over 75.

Reports released earlier this week showed that Zoe Ball is now the BBC's top-earning gamer after pocketing a £ 1 million raise – pushing Gary Lineker off the top.

The 59-year-old Match of the Day star is said to have signed a new five-year contract – and a wage cut of almost 25 percent from 1.75 million pounds to 1.35 million pounds.

Critics have blasted their decision to reward their employees with a 3.5 percent total pay increase, even after announcing plans to curtail their business operations after the pandemic.

BBC Director General Tim Davie defended Ball's huge pay rise after losing nearly a million listeners in her first year in her new role, saying it was a "punchy" market.

& # 39; Zoe is absolutely a broadcaster at the top of her game. It has over eight million listeners, ”he boasted. "I think we're getting incredible value."

When asked about people like Lineker who are still making more than £ 1 million, Mr Davie said he would expect "people to come to the BBC with a substantial discount on what they would get in the open market" .

But he added, "We will invest in very limited situations in certain markets to make sure we have the best talent."

In July the BBC announced a major upheaval in regional television news and local radio in England, which will result in 450 job cuts.

Changes will result in one of two presenters posting regional television news at 6:30 p.m. as the company seeks savings of £ 25 million.

Inside Out, the regional current affairs magazine shown in 11 different regions, is being canceled and replaced by a new investigative journalism program from six hubs.

A “simplified schedule” introduced on local radio during the pandemic with single instead of double moderators and a reduction in the number of broadcasts will become permanent.

Other reviewers have pointed to the BBC's shocking urge to strip 1.5 million retirees of their free TV licenses as the BBC seeks to attract younger audiences in its war against Netflix.

Figures from the BBC's annual report show that fewer households are buying TV licenses and that audiences have also fallen for major channels, suggesting that many families are relying on streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

The company said there were 25.9 million licenses in effect in 2019/20 – a decrease of 237,000 per year.

With a £ 157.50 license, the autumn cost the BBC just under £ 40 million.

The BBC lost millions more as the government began reducing the amount of money it is making available to the company to pay for free licenses for those over 75.

The BBC has insisted that it cannot afford the concession for all retirees, saying that only around 900,000 who receive retirement loans would continue to receive them.

Gary Lineker

Radio 2 DJ Zoe Ball

Radio 2 DJ Zoe Ball will now overtake Gary Lineker as the BBC's highest paid star

In the meantime, Netflix bosses have been campaigning for the long-term future of the BBC and are in favor of continuing the license fee.

They say the streaming service, which attracts viewers to traditional TV channels, benefits from a creative landscape that is overflowing with thriving public service broadcasters.

According to this week's report, younger people ages 16 to 34 saw or heard only seven and a half hours of BBC content per week – only a slightly higher percentage than YouTube.

Across all age groups, the audience reach of BBC1 – the numbers that watch the station every week – fell from 68 percent to 65.4 percent per year. BBC2 also saw a drop from 42.9 percent to 41.9 percent.

CBBC, CBeebies and BBC Four also saw declines, while the only increases came from the BBC news channel and the BBC Parliament.

Even among the most loyal viewers – those 55 and over – audience reach across all BBC television channels fell from 93 percent to 92 percent.

Among 16 to 34 year olds, the proportion fell from 58 to 55 percent. On Radio 1, the audience's reach fell from 17 to 16.6 percent and on Radio 2 from 27.2 percent to 26 percent.

The audience for Radio 4 was stable at 19.3 percent and there were small increases for Radio 3 and 5 Live.

The report said: “Young adults watched an average of 11 hours per week on all television channels – a decrease of around 75 minutes from the previous year.

"In contrast, the time they spent using the television for subscription video-on-demand, gaming, YouTube and other purposes has increased – from around 40 minutes per week to an average of just over nine hours per week Week."

The annual report showed an increase in the number of managers. The BBC now has 253 senior executives – up from 250 last year.

Of these, no less than 106 earn more than the Prime Minister's £ 150,000.

Together with 76 on-air talent, that means nearly 200 BBC employees make more money than Boris Johnson.