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Former BBC war correspondent Martin Bell reveals that in his 33-year career he has never asked for a raise


Former BBC war correspondent Martin Bell says the company's news anchors are paid "way too much" to read "words from an autocue," and that he has never asked for a raise in 33 years

  • 82-year-old Martin Bell announced that he had only made £ 60,000 at the time of leaving the BBC
  • BBC news anchor Huw Edwards will earn £ 465,000 while Fiona Bruce will earn £ 455,000
  • Emily Maitlis, who presents Newsnight, earns a salary of £ 375,000 a year
  • Bell never asked for a raise: "It was a great privilege to do what I did."

BBC veteran newsman Martin Bell believes newsreaders are paid "way too much" to read "words from an Autocue" – and said he has never asked for a raise in 33 years.

The 82-year-old, who first joined the BBC in 1962 before retiring in the mid-1990s to stand for election as an "anti-sleaze" member, said he was "amazed" at how much BBC is -Moderators earned.

The top earner is Huw Edwards, who receives around £ 465,000 a year, others like Newsnight's Emily Maitlis at around £ 375,000 a year, and Question Time host Fiona Bruce, who earns £ 455,000 a year.

Today Martin, who was injured by splinters while reporting in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War in 1992 and received an OBE that same year, said that at the time he left the BBC after 33 years, he was making just £ 60,000 a year.

82-year-old veteran broadcaster Martin Bell has announced that it has never asked for a raise in 33 years

Martin Bell said he was "amazed" at the BBC's salaries, including Newsnight's Emily Maitlis for £ 375,000

Martin Bell said he was "amazed" at the BBC's salaries, including Newsnight's Emily Maitlis, over £ 375,000

He said, "I am now amazed at the BBC news stars pay." When I read about today's news stars I think no one deserves that amount, however good it is.

“A lot of it just reads words from an Autocue.

“It's not like you're risking your life. I'm not angry about this, but I just wonder how they can justify the salary for themselves. & # 39;

He added, “When I was on the BBC, I haven't asked for a raise in 33 years, but I don't regret it as it was a great privilege to do what I did.

"Smarter colleagues said I should have struggled to get a lucrative contract, but I just loved doing the job."

He told the Sunday Times Business & Money addendum: “The only time I was a little rich was when I was a MP because I had a BBC pension and a parliamentary salary.

Huw Edwards is one of the BBC's top news earners with an annual salary of £ 465,000

Huw Edwards is one of the BBC's top news earners with an annual salary of £ 465,000

"A lot of MPs have complained that they were underpaid, but I don't think I was."

When asked to reveal his “monetary weakness,” he said he had spent too much on his favorite drink, adding, “I probably spend too much on whiskey. Bells, of course, although there is no family connection. & # 39;

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