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The top 12 earners at the BBC are all MEN with Gary Lineker's £1.75m pay packet making him highest earner ahead of Chris Evans, Graham Norton and Steve Wright

  • Top 12 earners at the BBC are still all men following row over gender pay gap
  • Gary Lineker leapfrogs Graham Norton to top spot, earning £1.75million 
  • Claudia Winkleman is the highest paid woman. Eight new women on the rich list
  • Row continues over how some stars' salaries are hidden by pay through studios 

By Richard Spillett for MailOnline

Published: 07:07 EDT, 11 July 2018 | Updated: 02:15 EDT, 12 July 2018

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Gary Lineker has taken over Chris Evans to top a BBC rich list which is dominated by men, new figures revealed.

The Match Of The Day host is the corporation's highest earner, taking home between £1.75 million and £1,759,999.

He replaces Chris Evans at the top, who is shown to be earning between £1.6 million and £1,669,999 for his Radio 2 Breakfast show.

For the second year running, the BBC today revealed the salaries of everyone at the corporation earning more than £150,000. 

Of this year's 64-strong list, 22 of the names listed are women, representing just over a third of the total.

Gary Lineker has become the BBC's top earner, raking in up to £1.76million a year
Gary Lineker has become the BBC's top earner, raking in up to £1.76million a year

Gary Lineker has become the BBC's top earner, raking in up to £1.76million a year

Chris Evans is the second best paid
Chris Evans is the second best paid
Graham Norton is the third best paid BBC star
Graham Norton is the third best paid BBC star

Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans and talkshow host Graham Norton were the second and third best paid

Last year's accounts showed the Radio 2 Breakfast DJ took home up to £2,249,999 in the 12 months to April 2017 and his salary has been reduced since stepping down from Top Gear.

The top 10 published this year is made up entirely of men, with Lineker and Evans followed by Radio 2 DJ Graham Norton, on up to £609,999 - not including payments for his TV chat show.

The other top earners are also men - broadcasters Steve Wright, Huw Edwards, Jeremy Vine, Alan Shearer, Nicky Campbell, Nick Grimshaw and Stephen Nolan.

There are 32 people who were on the list last year, but who are not this, due either to pay cuts, departures, or them now being paid by BBC Studios, which is not funded by the licence fee after becoming a commercial entity and so its stars are not revealed.

The BBC argues that, because of this, the list does not reflect the true balance of payments to men and women as salaries.

If those paid through BBC Studios were included, the list would feature extra payments to Claudia Winkleman for Strictly Come Dancing, Alex Jones for The One Show and Fiona Bruce for Antiques Roadshow. 

DJ Steve Wright is fourth highest paid
DJ Steve Wright is fourth highest paid
Newsreader Huw Edwards makes up the all-male top five
Newsreader Huw Edwards makes up the all-male top five

DJ Steve Wright and newsreader Huw Edwards make up the all-male top five

Claudia Winkleman is still the top woman, on £370,000-£379,999
Claudia Winkleman is still the top woman, on £370,000-£379,999
Mary Berry is one of eight women who have joined the list
Mary Berry is one of eight women who have joined the list

Claudia Winkleman is still the top-paid woman, on up to £379,999. Mary Berry is one of eight women who have joined the list

The BBC's top 12 highest-paid stars... and they're all men

1. Gary Lineker  £1,750,000 - £1,759,999 

2. Chris Evans  £1,660,000 - £1,669,999 

3. Graham Norton - £600,000 - £609,999 

4. Steve Wright  £550,000 £559,999 

5. Huw Edwards  £520,000 - £529,999 

6. Jeremy Vine £440,000 - £449,999 

7. Alan Shearer £410,000 - £419,999 

=7. Nicky Campbell £410,000 - £419,999 

9. Nick Grimshaw £400,000 - £409,999 

=9. Stephen Nolan £400,000 - £409,999 

=9. John Humphrys £400,000 -£409,999 

=9. Andrew Marr £400,000 - £409,999 

There are women on the list who did not appear last year.

Mary Berry's salary is published this year, showing the former Great British Bake Off judge earns between £190,000 to £199,999 'for a range of programmes and series'.

Women who are on the list of stars earning more than £150,000 this year and appear to have received pay rises include Newsnight's Emily Maitlis.

Maitlis, who was absent last year despite co-host Evan Davis appearing, took home between £220,000 and £229,999.

Woman's Hour host Jane Garvey, who has been outspoken in her criticism of the gender pay pay, is another new name and was paid between £150,000 and £159,000 for work which also includes programmes on 5 Live and episodes of Fortunately.

Other female stars to appear this year include Newsbeat's Tina Daheley, who was paid between £150,000 and £159,000, which also includes cover for BBC Breakfast and Victoria Derbyshire.

This year's report also features 5 Live Breakfast's Rachel Burden, Europe editor Katya Adler and Scotland Editor and Sunday Politics journalist Sarah Smith.

News presenter Emily Maitlis is among the women to have made the rich list for the first time. She is on up to £229,999
News presenter Emily Maitlis is among the women to have made the rich list for the first time. She is on up to £229,999
Radio presenter Sarah Montague are among the women to have made the rich list for the first time. She earned up to £169,999
Radio presenter Sarah Montague are among the women to have made the rich list for the first time. She earned up to £169,999

News presenters Emily Maitlis and Sarah Montague are among the women to have made the rich list for the first time. Ms Maitlis is on up to £229,999, Ms Montague up to £169,999

Mary Berry among eight new women in '£150k-plus club' 

Mary Berry is among eight women who have joined the BBC £150,000-plus club following the furore over their gender pay gap this time last year.

The Britain's Best Home Cook host was paid was just under £200,000 by the BBC after she failed to make the rich list last year.

Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis was another notable new face on the list after she was given a new contract in the wake of last year's sexism row. The list shows she earned between £220,000 and £229,999 last year.

BBC Europe Editor Katya Adler, radio presenter Sarah Montague, Five Live host Rachel Burden, Breakfast presenter Tina Daheley, Women's Hours Jane Garvey and Scotland Editor Sarah Smith also make the list for the first time.

Over the last 12 months, the BBC has announced pay cuts for some of its male stars, including broadcasters John Humphrys, who had been paid more than £600,000, Vine, who was on more than £700,000, and Edwards, who was on more than £550,000.

It was disclosed that Today host Humphrys's salary would drop to below £300,000, Radio 5 Live star Campbell's to below £350,000 and newsreader Edwards's to below £500,000 - less than what has been published because the report only reflects the past financial year.

Last year, BBC stars were able to see what their colleagues were paid when the corporation published salaries for 96 people for the first time.

It catapulted the broadcaster into turmoil, with respected China editor Carrie Gracie resigning over unequal pay.

On Wednesday, salaries were revealed in bands of £10,000 rather than last year's £50,000, after discussions with the Government over transparency.

The BBC also published the detail of which programmes its stars have worked on, which it hopes 'will help ensure that more informed comparisons can be made', a BBC source said.

The BBC recently published figures showing it had reduced its gender pay gap by nearly a fifth.

A BBC source said: 'The BBC has come a long way in a short period of time. The job is not done yet, but we are making good progress.' 

The BBC also says that changes to pay packets in recent months are also not reflected as the list is compiled from salaries up to April this year. 

Gender pay shake-up of Radio 4's flagship news programme as John Humphrys takes a salary cut

The salaries of BBC Radio 4's Today programme presenters have undergone a shake-up over the past year, according to the BBC's new annual report.

John Humphrys has taken a notable pay cut, along with a number of BBC men, in response to the corporation's gender pay gap dispute.

Salaries revealed by the BBC in July last year, in £50,000 brackets, showed host Humphrys was earning £600,000 to £649,999 for his work, including the morning news programme.

Humphrys got more than £600,000 in last year's figures, but the BBC says t his salary will drop below £300,000
Humphrys got more than £600,000 in last year's figures, but the BBC says t his salary will drop below £300,000

Humphrys got more than £600,000 in last year's figures, but the BBC says t his salary will drop below £300,000

The little-known radio host who's in the BBC's top ten earners 

One of the lesser known members of the BBC's elite is Radio Five Live host Stephen Nolan.

He earns just over £400,000, putting his pay well above many household names at the corporation. 

Today's reports reveals did a lot of work of his money.

He presented  210 shows on Radio Ulster, 20 editions of Nolan Live, tackling isues in Northern Ireland, 30 Question Time Extra Time and 120 shows of Stephen Nolan on 5 live.

The broadcaster, who joined BBC Radio Ulster in 2003, has previously won 12 Sony Radio Academy Awards, including seven Gold.

According to the newly published list of the BBC's stars earning more than £150,000 for the financial year 2017/18 - now in £10,000 pay brackets - Humphrys is now earning between £400,000 and £409,999 in the report.

However, the BBC has disclosed that his salary will drop to below £300,000.

Sarah Montague, who previously presented Today for more than 15 years until earlier this year but now hosts The World At One, is featured on the list of top earners at the BBC after being absent last year.

Montague earlier this year revealed in The Sunday Times that she was previously paid £133,000 and that it "was a very good wage for a job that I loved".

But, according to the newly released information, she is in the £160,000-£169,999 bracket for her work over the past year, including her work on the Today programme before departing.

Today host Nick Robinson is this year in the £250,000-£259,999 bracket, seemingly earning around the same as the previous financial year, as in 2017 he was in the £250,000-£299,999 category.

Also in a similar position is Mishal Husain, who last year was in the £200,000-£249,999 bracket, and is now in the £220,000-£229,999 category, and Justin Webb, who last year was in the £150,000-£199,999 bracket and is now in the £160,000-£169,999 band.

Who are the BBC stars whose pay we DON'T know?

The pay of household name stars including Tess Daly is not known
The pay of household name stars including Tess Daly is not known

The pay of household name stars including Tess Daly is not known

BBC stars paid by BBC Studios, a TV production and distribution company, do not have to have their salaries disclosed. 

The company makes many of the BBC's popular programmes, but has been a commercial entity since April 2017 and is not funded by licence fee payers. 

Stars of programmes including Top Gear, Strictly Come Dancing, Planet Earth II, Doctor Who, Mrs Brown's Boys, EastEnders, Casualty and The One Show - all created by BBC Studios - are off the list, or have just portions of their salaries shown.

For example, Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman was last year in the £450,000 - £499,999 pay bracket, but in the 2018 report, she is in a £370,000 - £379,000 pay bracket for hosting a weekly show on Radio 2 and a 'range of programmes and series' on BBC.

Her fee for hosting Strictly now does not appear.

Casualty actor Derek Thompson, EastEnders star Danny Dyer and Strictly Come Dancing judge Dame Darcey Bussell are among those who were featured on last year's list, but have now dropped out.

Some of the stars no longer the list: 

Zoe Ball, who made up to £300,000 in the last pay list, does not appear as  Strictly: It Takes Two is made by BBC Studios

Matt Baker and Alex Jones are also no longer on the list because The One Show is made by BBC Studios 

BBC accused of using 'smoke and mirrors' to mask how much rich-list stars are paid

The BBC agreed with the Government to publish its top salaries annually. But it includes stars only paid directly by the licence fee.

This means a string of major celebrities, who are paid directly by production companies or the BBC's commercial arm, can be left out. It is thought a third of the stars who appeared last year may be absent this time.

BBC Studios was created to let the corporation sell shows to rival broadcasters and compete with giants such as Netflix. It creates the likes of DIY SOS, The One Show and Strictly Come Dancing.

The judges of Strictly Come Dancing are paid through BBC Studios so they pay is not revealed
The judges of Strictly Come Dancing are paid through BBC Studios so they pay is not revealed

The judges of Strictly Come Dancing are paid through BBC Studios so they pay is not revealed

One presenter on today's list said of BBC Studios: 'It sounds like a BBC organisation, it acts like a BBC organisation but, on paper and legally, it is not. It has caused confusion.

'The other deep resentment among presenters is there is not a level playing field. You have some of us having our salaries published with all of the ghastliness that comes with it. You either disclose people's salaries or you don't.'

Last year's pay revelations have created a 'bloody nightmare', according to one star whose earnings are disclosed.

Top-paid executives

1. Tony Hall, Director-General - £450,000 – £459,999

2. Anne Bulford, Deputy Director-General - £430,000 – £439,999

3. Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content - £330,000 – £339,999

4. Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth, Group HR Director - £300,000 – £309,999

=4. Matthew Postgate, Chief Technology and Product Officer -£300,000 – £309,999

The pay of top-earning male stars has been cut following widespread outrage after it emerged that just one of the BBC's top ten earners was a woman.

Tensions have ramped up between men and women in a process that one newsroom source branded 'haphazard'.

Damian Collins MP, chairman of the Commons digital, culture, media and sport committee, said last night: 'If people look at the report and say, 'Last year we were told how much BBC presenters in entertainment programmes were getting paid, this year we are not going to be told at all', people will think that's a backwards step.'

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said: 'This is the BBC using smoke and mirrors to obscure the gender pay gap which I believe runs through the whole organisation.

'Moving people into private companies or other entities so their pay doesn't have to be disclosed is not solving the problem – it's running away from it.'

A BBC spokesman said: 'The BBC has done an enormous amount of work to ensure we pay fairly and equally. We've published an equal pay audit, a review of on-air talent pay, and we recently announced we've cut our gender pay gap to one of the lowest in the industry.

'People should wait to see what we publish tomorrow before jumping to conclusions.'

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