BBC's top-paid stars revealed as talent bill grows by £10m

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by Josh Hall

The BBC has revealed the list of its highest-paid presenting talent.

The list is part of the broadcaster's annual report, published this morning. It shows that the BBC's total bill for stars' wages increased by £10 million during 2018/19.

But director general Tony Hall said the sum is now a lower proportion of the broadcaster's overall expenditure.

As previously reported, three women feature amongst the top ten highest earners, compared with last year's all-male top 12.

Claudia Winklemen, Zoe Ball, and Vanessa Feltz all secured positions in the top ten.

Winkleman and Ball both earned around £370,000, while Feltz took home around £355,000.

Of the 75 presenters on the full list, 60 per cent are male - slightly down on the 65 per cent recorded last year.

Gary Lineker remains the Corporation's highest-paid presenter, earning around £1.75 million.

Chris Evans takes the second spot at around £1.25 million, despite this reflecting only nine months of earnings before he left Radio 2 for Virgin Radio.

Director general Hall has insisted that the figures are fair, despite the ballooning costs. Writing in the Huffington Post, he said there is public support for the salaries because the biggest stars are "talented and entertaining."

The top ten highest-paid BBC presenters for 2018/19 are:

  • Gary Lineker - £1.75 million
  • Chris Evans - £1.25 million
  • Graham Norton - £610,000
  • Huw Edwards - £490,000
  • Steve Wright - £465,000
  • Alan Shearer - £440,000
  • Andrew Marr - £390,000
  • Claudia Winkleman - £370,000
  • Zoe Ball - £370,000
  • Jason Mohammad - £355,000
  • Vanessa Feltz - £355,000

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