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The bill for paying the BBC stars rises by £ 1 million: the bosses admit that 76 presenters earn more than the prime minister


BBC star pay bill rises £ 1m: the company faces calls for restrictions as bosses admit 76 presenters, including Gary Lineker and Lauren Laverne, make more money than the Prime Minister

  • The annual report shows that 76 BBC presenters are earning more than the PM wage of £ 150,000
  • The biggest earners include DJ Lauren Laverne and sports broadcaster Gary Lineker
  • It was also revealed that the BBC had raised salaries to more than 700 female employees

The BBC will face a backlash from retirees as wages for its stars rose by more than £ 1 million over the past year.

The company's annual report released today will show 76 presenters earn more than the Prime Minister's wage of £ 150,000 a year.

The total cost of on-air talent increased from £ 143.6m in 2018/19 to £ 144.7m last year.

When it became known yesterday evening that the BBC had raised salaries to more than 700 female employees for equal pay since the beginning of its scandal.

The annual report found that 76 BBC presenters make more than £ 150,000 a year. Desert Island Discs presenter Lauren Laverne (pictured) is set to be announced as one of the top ten highest paid presenters on the BBC

A request on freedom of information found that at least 84 women received pay increases through formal procedures between July 2017 and March 2020.

During the same period, 608 women received a salary revision or increase through an informal salary request, the Guardian reported.

The pay revelations will rekindle anger over the BBC's decision to remove nearly 4 million over 75s from their free TV licenses.

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.

Last night's retiree groups demanded slash star pay from the company if they were to expect people over 75 to pay for their licenses.

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, who earned £ 1.75m in 2018/19, will keep his crown as the BBC's highest paid star

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, who made £ 1.75m in 2018/19, will keep his crown as the BBC's highest paid star

It also found that the BBC had raised salaries to more than 700 female employees since the beginning of its equal pay scandal. Pictured: BBC headquarters

It also found that the BBC had raised salaries to more than 700 female employees since the beginning of its equal pay scandal. Pictured: BBC headquarters

Dennis Reed, of retiree campaign group Silver Voices, said, “This increase shows a skewed awareness of priorities for the BBC at a difficult time.

"I would like to see them give equal priority to poorer retirees who are struggling to pay their license fees."

The report shows that there are now two stars that bring in more than £ 1 million, another makes between £ 500,000 and £ 1 million, and 73 between £ 150,000 and £ 500,000.

And it's said that on-air reel spend accounts for 10 percent of all internal creative content – just like last year.

Tim Davie, the new director general of the BBC, has vowed to cut the company's workforce.

Tim Davie (pictured), the new director general of the BBC, has vowed to cut the company's workforce

Tim Davie (pictured), the BBC's new general manager, has vowed to cut the company's workforce

However, it is believed that the report shows that the total has barely changed. It also shows practically the same number of executives as last year.

Mr Davie will deliver a speech today to add to his previous comments on the fight against headcount.

A source said: "(Mr Davie) will warn that the BBC's public service workforce must decrease in the future."

The on-air talent bill covers those who appear on the screen and on the radio.

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, who earned £ 1.75m in 2018/19, will keep his crown as the BBC's highest paid star.

Desert Island Discs presenter Lauren Laverne is also announced as one of the top ten highest paid presenters on the BBC, who earned £ 305,000 in 2018/19.

The company declined to comment yesterday.

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