BBC pay: Men still dominate star salaries list
The top 12 earners on the BBC’s latest list of star salaries are all men.
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has overtaken Chris Evans as the best-paid person on the list, earning between £1.75m-£1.76m in 2017-18.
Evans, Graham Norton, Jeremy Vine and John Humphrys are among those to have seen their pay drop since last year.
Claudia Winkleman is still the top woman, on £370,000-£379,999. Mary Berry and Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis are among eight women to have joined the list.
Winkleman was eighth last year but has now dropped to 13th as a result of a shake-up of the corporation’s structure.
Shows like Strictly Come Dancing, which are made by BBC Studios, are no longer included on the list because BBC Studios is now considered a commercial entity.
The BBC said the published salaries do not yet fully reflect some pay rises and pay cuts, which will not filter through until next year’s list.
This is the second year that the BBC has published the salaries of its best-paid presenters, although actors, comedians and some hosts have been removed this time as a result of the BBC Studios change.
Last year’s list sparked an outcry about gender and ethnic inequality because the top of the list was dominated by white men and because some men were shown to have been paid more than female co-hosts.
Last year, the top seven were all men. This year’s list includes on-air presenters who earned more than £150,000 in the financial year 2017/18 from news, sport and radio as well as some TV entertainment shows.
Director general Tony Hall said the BBC was “making progress” and that he wants a 50/50 split on the list as a whole, but that “these things take time”.
Eight women have joined the list this year, led by Maitlis, who is now in the £220,000-£229,999 bracket. Europe editor Katya Adler and Radio 4 presenter Sarah Montague are also new entries.
Four men have also joined, including BBC media editor Amol Rajan on £200,000-£209,999, including other radio presenting work.
Of the 12 people who have moved down the salary bands because their pay has dropped since the previous list, eight are men. But four of the five to have moved up the pay bands are also men.
Those getting pay rises include Radio 2’s Steve Wright and Ken Bruce; Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw; and Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen. The only woman to move up a salary bracket is Sophie Raworth.
BBC on-air salary list 2017-18
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. Nicky Campbell – £410,000-£419,999
=7. Alan Shearer – £410,000-£419,999
=9. John Humphrys – £400,000-£409,999
=9. Nick Grimshaw – £400,000-£409,999
=9. Stephen Nolan – £400,000-£409,999
=9. Andrew Marr – £400,000-£409,999
Some names have dropped down or been removed from the list since last year because they work for BBC Studios, which has been classed as a commercial entity since April 2017.
As part of its latest disclosures, the corporation also published figures for 2018-19 to show it is on the way to rectifying the gender imbalance.
Excluding BBC Studios, 59% of on-air figures earning more than £150,000 in the current financial year are men, it said. That compares with 76% in 2016-17.
Lord Hall said: “I’ve made it absolutely clear that’s not good enough and I want to get to 50/50, and that will mean changes in the range of what people are paid right across [the organisation].”
He added: “We are making progress and you must understand that. We’re trying to get a balanced range of men and women and their pay right across the organisation.
“I am concentrating on what is a huge change, which is going from 25% of women to 40% of women being in the top, over £150,000 pay… These things take time.”
The salary details were published in the BBC’s latest annual report, and come a week after the corporation said its overall median gender pay gap had reduced from 9.3% to 7.6%.
New entries since 2016-17 list
- Emily Maitlis – £220,000-£229,999
- Amol Rajan – £200,000-£209,999
- Mary Berry – £190,000-£199,999
- Katya Adler – £170,000-£179,999
- Ian Wright – £170,000-£179,999
- Sarah Montague – £160,000-£169,999
- Rachel Burden – £150,000-£159,999
- Tina Daheley – £150,000-£159,999
- Jane Garvey – £150,000-£159,999
- Simon Jack – £150,000-£159,999
- Fergal Keane – £150,000-£159,999
- Sarah Smith – £150,000-£159,999
What happened to Claudia?
In last year’s report, Claudia Winkleman was the best-paid woman, earning between £450,000-£499,999. This year, she is still the top earning female star, but has slid down the rankings with earnings between £370,000-£379,999.
That means the top of this year’s list appears more male-dominated than last time.
Winkleman’s Strictly co-host Tess Daly has dropped off the list all together, as have The One Show’s Matt Baker and Casualty’s Derek Thompson, among others.
That’s because most entertainment, factual and drama programmes are made by BBC Studios which, as a commercial entity, no longer has to declare the salaries it pays its staff because it is competing with other production companies.
So Claudia’s actual earnings will exceed the amount given in this year’s annual report. The same can be said for the likes of Graham Norton, Mary Berry and Fiona Bruce, who also make shows for BBC Studios.
Other notable absentees
BBC Breakfast hosts Louise Minchin, Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt are among those who would be eligible to appear on this year’s list but aren’t on there. Muchetty was included last year after her pay was bolstered following her appearance on Strictly.
Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark has dropped off the list while her Newsnight colleague Emily Maitlis has joined. Dame Jenni Murray isn’t listed, in contrast to her Woman’s Hour co-host Jane Garvey.
Daily Politics presenter Andrew Neil has also dropped off the list.
Meanwhile, the BBC annual report also revealed that the corporation received 48 complaints of sexual harassment and assault in 2017/18.
Nine resulted in formal cases or disciplinary action, the BBC said. The remaining 39 did not for a variety of reasons – including the complaint being withdrawn or the individual being complained about no longer working for the BBC.
Source: BBC – UK News