Men still dominate BBC's list of top earners

Lewis Collier
July 12, 2018

Evans takes in between £1.66-£1.67, while Irish chatshow host Graham Norton earns between £600,000 - £609,000.

The top 12 earners on the BBC's latest list of presenter's salaries are all men.

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

The corporation has insisted that it is getting closer to ending a highly publicised pay gap, but you still have to scroll through a list of a dozen men before you get to the highest paid woman - Claudia Winkleman.

Last year, the presenter was revealed to earn between £450,000 and £499,999.

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".

Under the terms of the BBC's charter it has to publish the pay details of those who earn more than £150,000 a year from the licence fee.

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The BBC first published a list of its highest earners in July 2017, after the government ordered the corporation to reveal the names and salaries of its on air-talent earning above £150,000 past year.

This is the second consecutive year that the broadcaster has disclosed the earnings of the on-air talent making over £150,000 annually.

Speaking at a press conference, BBC Director-General Tony Hall said: "It's not a 60/40 gender pay gap, I'm saying that of the figures of men versus women, who are now paid over £150,000 a year, you've got 60% men and 40% women".

The only woman to move up a pay bracket is journalist and broadcaster Sophie Raworth.

Mr Nolan presented about 210 programmes on BBC Radio Ulster, 150 on BBC Radio 5 Live and 20 editions of the television show Nolan Live. This year, the corporation appears to have narrowed numerous pay brackets so that they are more accurate. Some hosts have also been removed from the list, following a change in the corporation's structure, meaning that programmes made by BBC Studios do not have to be included.

The publication doesn't include shows made by external production companies.

Last year's report sparked controversy about gender and ethnic equality as the top of the list was dominated by white men and only 34 women featured on the 96-strong list.

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