BBC cuts pay to top talent by 10% with big-earners ‘including Gary Lineker and Zoe Ball’ set for decrease

Stars such as Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker and Radio 2 presenter Zoe Ball are reportedly among those who face a pay cut.

The BBC’s annual report will show a pay decrease of 10% for the corporation’s top talent.

Stars such as Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker and Radio 2 presenter Zoe Ball are reportedly among those who face a pay cut.

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Stars such as Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker and Radio 2 presenter Zoe Ball are reportedly among those who face a pay cut (Getty Images)
Stars such as Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker and Radio 2 presenter Zoe Ball are reportedly among those who face a pay cut (Getty Images)

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At a glance: 5 key points

- The pay reduction will be revealed as part of the broadcaster’s report published today, the PA news agency understands.

- It will also show the BBC has “made a difference to the public during this challenging period”.

- Since 2017, the BBC has been made to publish the names of those earning more than £150,000 each year, a move instigated by the Government.

- But pay packets made through BBC Studios, the broadcaster’s commercial arm, are not revealed.

- Last year it was announced that Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker had taken a pay cut, making Zoe Ball the BBC’s highest-paid earner.

What’s been said

“Everyone knows that the last year in lockdown has been a challenge for everyone.

“The BBC will be releasing a report that shows we have made a difference to the public during this challenging period.

“While doing that, the BBC has also been reforming at pace.

“The report will feature a range of measures that show real and tangible progress.

“For example, our pay bill for top talent is down by 10%. This is not an isolated figure, but one of a range of other stats that demonstrate we are on the right path.

“None of this means the BBC is complacent. We have to continue to work hard to deliver for the public. That is where we are investing all our efforts”.

A BBC source

Background

Lineker signed a new five-year contract with the broadcaster last year, which saw his pay reduce by 23% from £1.75 million to around £1.35 million.

He still topped the list of star earners in the 2019/20 figures published last year, but his new deal meant Ball would earn more if her salary was unchanged.

The BBC has also recently faced scrutiny following the publication of a report by Lord Dyson into the circumstances surrounding Martin Bashir’s Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales.

It said the journalist used “deceitful conduct” to obtain the 1995 bombshell interview, which was then covered up by a “woefully ineffective” internal investigation, in which the BBC failed to uphold “governance, accountability and scrutiny”.

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