11:48 11 June 2009
BBC stars have been warned to expect their salaries reduced as part of the broadcaster's plan to save money.
Top stars including Bruce Forsyth, Sir Terry Wogan and Jonathan Ross have been briefed about the plans, which would see their pay cut when contracts are next renewed.
A BBC spokesman said: "No organisation is immune from the economic climate and we have to find substantial savings.
"Talent fees are not excluded from the economic pressures faced across the organisation and these will be reflected in our ongoing negotiations."
Earlier reports claimed that salaries over 100,000 would be reduced by 25% and some of the corporation's highest earners could lose up to 40%.
A source told The Sun: "No one expected party poppers but this was a real shock. The size of the cuts is pretty devastating."
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