It was revealed yesterday that up to 6 BBC stars are still paid £1million and more every year. The report came in spite of the fact that there has been a high profile wages blitz at the network.
The wage cuts was sparked by the public’s outrage after it was made publicly known that ex-host Jonathan Ross was given a massive £18m deal for three years.
Despite this, the likes of Jeremy Clarkson, Graham Norton, Gary Lineker, DJ Chris Evans, Lineker’s co-host Alan Hansen, and newsman Jeremy Paxman were exempted from the cut and are still earning huge amounts of money.
Norton and Lineker were hailed as top earners, both amassing up to £2m annually. Evans, Hansen, and Paxman follow close behind at £1m each.
The BBC report also revealed that the top 16 earners of the network have shared a total talent bill amounting to £16m in 2011/2012, which is £5m below the total expense paid in 2010/2011. However, the network did not reveal the complete list of its top earners.
This prompted Tory MP Damian Collins to insist that “If BBC really feel they need to pay these salaries, they should be open about them. The BBC have to be careful at a time of job losses.”
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