The annual top 10 list of the highest-paid presenters at the BBC for 2022-23 has been unveiled.
Right in the midst of what is one of the most highly-publicised national news stories at the moment, with the allegations against the unnamed BBC presenter grabbing every headline there is, the broadcaster has chosen now to publish its annual list of highest-paid stars.
The top 10 list comprises of six male and four female stars this year.
It may come as no surprise that Gary Lineker has been named as the BBC’s highest earner – taking home around £1.35 million in 2022-23, which is the same amount as the previous year.
Lineker’s ongoing presenting work on Match Of The Day, Sports Personality Of The Year, the World Cup, and the FA Cup lead to him keeping hold of the top spot on the list.
BBC Radio 2 breakfast show presenter Zoe Ball is second on the list, again with an unchanged salary and earning between £980,000 and £984,999, while the rest of the top five is made up of former footballer turned sports presenter Alan Shearer, BBC News’ Huw Edwards, and BBC Radio 5 Live’s Stephen Nolan.
Other notable names on the top 10 list include former BBC News and current Question Time and Antiques Roadshow presenter Fiona Bruce, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2 breakfast show presenters Greg James and Ken Bruce.
Ken Bruce is new to the top 10, along with Lauren Laverne and Sophie Raworth, and they enter the list in the place of Steve Wright, Vanessa Feltz, and Scott Mills – who all departed from their respective BBC shows within the last year.
Top 10 Highest-Paid BBC Presenters 2022-23
- Gary Lineker – £1,350,000
- Zoe Ball – £980,000
- Alan Shearer – £445,000
- Huw Edwards – £435,000
- Stephen Nolan – £400,000
- Fiona Bruce – £395,000
- Greg James – £395,000
- Ken Bruce – £390,000
- Lauren Laverne – £390,000
- Sophie Raworth – £365,000
Away from the top 10, other famous top earners include George Alagiah, Naga Munchetty, Amol Rajan, Laura Kuenssberg, Nicky Campbell, and Victoria Derbyshire.
As well as on-screen stars, the annual report also includes salary details for bosses within the corporation – the BBC’s director-general Tim Davie taking home between £525,000 and £529,999 in 2022-23.
Speaking on the publishing of the annual list, Tim Davie said: “I am proud of the content we have delivered, from royal programming to wonderful sporting moments and coverage of the Ukraine war… [but] 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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