The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) announced a 10 percent reduction in the salaries of its top stars over the past year. However, the salaries of the most prominent journalists, who are very popular with the public when they appear on the air, recorded an increase of almost 3% during the same year. A report by the Press Gazette website, which specializes in journalism and media, revealed that the BBC granted journalists who receive salaries of more than 150,000 pounds a year, 9.8 million pounds, while their salaries did not exceed 9.47 million pounds in 2019-2020.
Hugh Edwards has maintained his position as the BBC’s highest-paid journalist since 2018, despite a 9% drop in salaries in the 2020-2021 fiscal year, which ended March 31.
The BBC’s latest annual report showed that Editor-in-Chief Faisal Islam received the highest salary increase, increasing his income from the category between 155,000 pounds and 159 thousand to the job level with a salary of about 209 thousand pounds.
In second place was broadcaster Naga Munshiti, whose salary increased for the category ranging between 255 thousand and 260,000, with an increase of 30 percent.
Gary Lineker remained the highest earner despite agreeing to a £400,000 salary cut, according to the annual report. The figures in the report issued last Tuesday showed that Lineker, who presents the “Match of the Day” programme, earned 1.36 million pounds during the year instead of 1.75 million pounds.
Radio 2 star Zoe Paul’s salary has also been cut, however she remains the BBC’s second highest earner with an income of £1.36m.
She was earning the same salary as Gary Lineker last financial year, but her salary is now £980,000, a 28 per cent drop compared to 2019-20.