As an ex member of BBC Staff I had no idea how much money was spent on hiring so called talent for tv and radio – today  Tony Hall published the figures.  I do hope that they will decide to pay the staff and pensioners more money, it is obvious they are over-paying people for entertaining us?   Apparently commercial stations are reported to pay more. Maybe it is time for Ofcom to set a ceiling salary for all performers BBC or Commercial TV.  The BBC is doing a great job at present on both TV and radio, imagine how much could be achieved if some of the money spent was recouped but reducing artist fees.  The BBC set up Programme Contracts in the early days to avoid producers giving friends or others favourable payment. It seems that the agents have pushed the BBC into paying these extortionate fees.  This is my own personal view, please feel free to put your views forward if you you disagree.

Here are the full facts as published on the BBC Website today

BBC pay: How much do its stars earn?

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 The BBC has, for the first time, published salaries of its highest-paid stars – with all those earning £150,000 or more included.

The salaries are grouped into £50,000 blocks and are for the financial year 2016-17, where they came directly from the licence fee. They do not include each individual’s earnings from other broadcasters or commercial activities. Here, we round up the top earners and what they do.

Radio 2 presenters

The nation’s most listened-to radio station, Radio 2, has the highest BBC earner among its presenters – Chris Evans.

Graham Norton, Jeremy Vine and Steve Wright are also among the top seven highest-paid stars.

CHRIS EVANS (Pay bracket: £2,200,000 – £2,249,999)

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Chris Evans

The top earner on the list, Chris Evans has hosted Radio 2’s Breakfast Show every weekday morning since 2010. He also co-presented one series of TV show Top Gear.

GRAHAM NORTON (£850,000 – £899,999)

Graham Norton

Host of a Saturday morning show on Radio 2, Norton co-presented BBC One’s Saturday evening talent show Let It Shine, and also commentates on the Eurovision Song Contest. His earnings do not include those from his Friday night chat show, for which the BBC pays an independent production company, which in turn pays his salary.

JEREMY VINE (£700,000 – £749,999)

Jeremy Vine

Jeremy Vine hosts the lunchtime show on Radio 2 every weekday. He also presents Crimewatch, Points of View, and Eggheads on BBC TV.

STEVE WRIGHT (£500,000 – £549,999)

Steve Wright

A long-standing BBC DJ, Steve Wright presents Radio 2 weekday show Steve Wright in the Afternoon and Steve Wright’s Sunday Love Songs on Sunday mornings.

SIMON MAYO (£350,000 – £399,999)

Simon Mayo

Simon Mayo has presented Simon Mayo Drivetime on weekday afternoons since 2010. He is also the co-host of Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review on Radio 5 live on Friday afternoons.

VANESSA FELTZ (£350,000 – £399,999)

Vanessa Feltz

Vanessa Feltz presents an early morning show on Radio 2 and the BBC London Breakfast Show every weekday.


£250,000 – £299,999

  • Zoe Ball – also presents on TV
  • Ken Bruce

£200,000 – £249,999

  • Jools Holland – also presents on TV
  • Mark Radcliffe – also presents on Radio 6 Music

£150,000 – £199,999

  • Moira Stuart
  • Jo Whiley
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Other radio presenters

NICKY CAMPBELL (£400,000 – £449,999)

Nicky Campbell

A co-host of Radio 5 live’s Breakfast Show on weekday mornings, Campbell also presents BBC One’s Sunday morning programme The Big Questions.

STEPHEN NOLAN (£400,000 – £449,999)

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Stephen Nolan presents The Nolan Show on BBC Radio Ulster and presents a programme on BBC Radio 5 live several nights a week. He also hosts Question Time: Extra Time on 5 Live and Nolan Live on BBC One Northern Ireland.

NICK GRIMSHAW (£350,000 – £399,999)

Nick Grimshaw

Nick Grimshaw has presented the Radio 1 Breakfast Show since 2012.


£300,000 – £349,999

  • Lauren Laverne – 6 Music
  • Eddie Mair – Radio 4

£250,000 – £299,999

  • Scott Mills – Radio 1
  • Trevor Nelson – Radio 1

£150,000 – £199,999

  • Adrian Chiles – Radio 5 live and TV
  • Greg James – Radio 1
  • Shaun Keaveny – 6 Music
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GARY LINEKER (£1,750,000 – £1,799,999)

Gary Lineker

Former England striker Gary Lineker presents the BBC’s flagship football highlights programme Match of the Day on Saturday nights. He is also one of the hosts for the annual Sports Personality of the Year awards night.

Pay bracket: £400,000 – £449,999

  • Alan Shearer – pundit

£300,000 – £349,999

  • Sue Barker – presenter

£250,000 -£299,999

  • Jason Mohammad – presenter

£200,000 – £249,999

  • Mark Chapman – presenter
  • John Inverdale – presenter
  • Gabby Logan – presenter

£150,000 – £199,999

  • Jonathan Agnew – correspondent
  • Clare Balding – presenter
  • Jonathan Davies – pundit
  • John McEnroe – pundit
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