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Ex-Today editor Sarah Sands slams seven-figure salaries for stars


"The BBC wage gap is WORSE than companies in town": Ex-Today editor Sarah Sands slams seven-figure salaries for stars like Gary Lineker while producers work 14-hour days for £ 30,000 a year

  • Sarah Sands described the pay gap between some presenters and producers
  • The former editor of Radio 4's Today show said some producers had received £ 30,000
  • She went on to say that high profile presenters could count on £ 600,000
  • Her comments come a year after Gary Lineker promised to cut his wages

The pay gap between high profile BBC employees and producers working on the same show is a "shock," as the former editor of Radio 4's "Today" program has shown.

59-year-old Sarah Sands, who resigned Friday after three years as editor of the iconic show, described how the pay gap worsened between workers at the station than at the city's financial firms.

Mrs. Sands went on to explain Some moderators would see salaries "way too high at the top" and in the region of £ 600,000 a year, while producers working 14-hour shifts would receive £ 30,000.

Her comments come just a year after former soccer player Gary Lineker promised to cut his £ 1.75 million wage while the BBC argued over the inflated wage structure for its most famous stars.

Former Radio 4's Today program editor Sarah Sands, 59, described how the pay gap between employees at the station was wider than at the city's financial companies

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Ms. Sands said: “I think even in town you wouldn't get these multiples.

"You get a producer for £ 30,000 who works 14 hour shifts and does a hell of a lot of work – the briefing, the background, the research, the repairs – and a moderator for £ 600,000. It's a shock … The salaries above are way too high. & # 39;

During her interview, the former editor, who was appointed to her role on the Today program in January 2017, also announced that she initially had the idea to remove the "Thoughts for the Day" segment. However, when it encountered resistance, she decided to revamp the slot instead.

She added, & # 39; I thought, & # 39; & # 39; If we have to, we're doing really well – a small series of Reith lectures, and we'd win great moral philosophers. & # 39; & # 39;

In 2019, Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, who took home £ 1.75 million a year on a bumper deal alongside his lucrative and longstanding relationship with Walker's Chips, agreed to cut his salary as that Right is something to be done. & # 39;

Mr. Lineker said, “I love my job at the BBC and I enjoy doing it.

"I am currently negotiating a new contract with them and am volunteering to take less," Mirror Online reported.

The movement followed in the footsteps of Former Radio 2 host Chris Evans cut his wage package from £ 2.2m in 2017 to £ 1.25m in 2019 – before quitting for Virgin Radio.

Last year, Match of the Day host Gary Lineker pledged to cut his £ 1.75million wage while the BBC's wage structure remained controversial

Last year, Match of the Day host Gary Lineker pledged to cut his £ 1.75million wage while the BBC's wage structure remained controversial

In 2019, Radio 2 host Chris Evans cut his salary package from £ 2.2 million to £ 1.25 million before quitting for Virgin Radio

In 2019, Radio 2 host Chris Evans cut his salary package from £ 2.2 million to £ 1.25 million before quitting for Virgin Radio

Ms. Sand's comments come after the BBC announced it would cut 450 jobs in the company's news department

Ms. Sand's comments come after the BBC announced it would cut 450 jobs in the company's news department

Ms. Sands' decision to step down as editor of the Today program earlier this year came when tThe BBC announced it would cut 450 jobs in the company's news department to meet its £ 80m savings target by 2022.

When Ms. Sands announced her decision to leave the company, she said on Twitter, “I have decided to stop being the editor of the Today program and to propose to leave the BBC in September.

& # 39; It was a privilege to be part of this remarkable team and I am proud to have supported our intelligent journalism and political independence. God bless the BBC. & # 39;

And in an email to staff that saw The Guardian, she said, “I've decided September is a good time to go ahead and transfer this job to someone else. I loved Radio 4 as a listener, I loved it even more as a member of the team.

“But I come from another world and would never be for a lifetime. I am so proud of what we have achieved in advocating for smart broadcasting and political independence under constant pressure.

"I not only experienced exceptional professionalism and quick-witted determination here, but also a heartwarming consideration for one another."

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