POLL: Are BBC presenters overpaid?


The BBC has published its annual report, revealing its top-earning stars from the latest financial year, with Gary Lineker topping the list for the sixth year in a row, with a seven-figure salary.

The Match of the Day presenter was the only star to take home more than £1million with a salary of £1,350,000 and £1,354,999.

Zoe Ball, host of the Radio 2 Breakfast Show is the highest-paid radio star and female with a salary of £980,000-£984,999.

Other high earners include Match of the Day host Alan Shearer, who is taking home £445,000-£449,999, and newsreader Huw Edwards who received £435,000-£439,999.

Since 2017 the corporation has been required to release an annual report by the Government, revealing individuals who earn more than £150,000.


Stephen Nolan was the next highest earner with a salary of £400,000-£404,999 for his work on The Nolan Show on Radio Ulster and 5 Live's Stephen Nolan Show. Closely followed by Antiques Roadshow and Question Time host Fiona Bruce, who was paid £395,000-£399,999.

Radio hosts Greg James, Ken Bruce, Steve Wright and Lauren Laverne all ranked in the top 10 alongside newsreader Sophie Raworth.

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The salaries of the top 10 highest on-air earners are lower on average than last year and significantly fewer stars earnt less than £400,000.

Tim Davie, director-general of the BBC, who earnt £525,000 - £529,000, said: “It remains a period of change, financial pressures and great competition in the media market. Our task is not always easy and we have to make some difficult choices.

“But these are challenges we must embrace as we know that the BBC is needed now more than ever, in an age of polarisation and increasing disinformation.”

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