Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has agreed a £400,000 pay minimize, the BBC has revealed because it publishes the newest record of its best-paid presenters.
Lineker was the highest-earning star with an unchanged wage of £1.75m within the 2019/20 monetary yr.
However he has since signed a brand new contract, which can see that charge minimize by 23%.
Meaning he might earn lower than Zoe Ball subsequent yr. The Radio 2 presenter has seen her pay rise by £1m since taking up the breakfast present in 2019.
Fiona Bruce and Lauren Laverne have additionally moved into the highest 10 of the highest-paid stars, which options 4 girls for the primary time. Vanessa Feltz can be among the many high earners, the corporation’s annual report shows.
Nevertheless, many stars don’t seem on the record as a result of the company’s industrial arm, BBC Studios, doesn’t need to publish its expertise spend.
All 10 of the top-earning presenters on this yr’s record are white, though the BBC’s director normal Tim Davie stated 18% of these making greater than £150,000 have been from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, up from 12% 4 years in the past.
“We made good progress, should you look throughout the trade we’re in a superb place, however we have got work to do,” Mr Davie stated.
And whereas 26.5% of actors and presenters have been from BAME backgrounds, it was a unique story behind the digicam, with 9.8% of manufacturing employees from ethnic minorities.
The report additionally confirmed 12.3% of BBC leaders have been BAME, beneath its 15% goal for 2020.
Lineker’s new wage shall be revealed on subsequent yr’s record. Director normal Tim Davie described the previous England participant as an excellent broadcaster and stated his new five-year deal was an incredible instance of the “greatest expertise and the most effective worth”.
“And earlier than you ask, Gary is aware of his accountability to the BBC when it comes to his use of social media,” Mr Davie added, referring to social media guidelines for BBC employees and presenters which might be anticipated to be introduced quickly.
Lineker, a prolific tweeter who regularly discusses his political opinions on-line, said the BBC “recognise that I tweet rigorously and can proceed to take action”, and despatched a message to “the haters” on Twitter.
The celebs of a few of the BBC’s greatest programmes – like High Gear and Physician Who – are absent from the record as a result of they’re made by BBC Studios.
Ball’s Strictly Come Dancing spin-off It Takes Two is produced by the industrial arm, and so just isn’t included. However her pay has risen as a result of that is her first full yr since taking up from Chris Evans on Radio 2.
Final yr, the highest earners included three girls – Ball, Feltz and Claudia Winkleman.
General, the BBC’s complete wage invoice for on-air expertise in 2019/20 rose by £1m to £144.6m, whereas salaries for the BBC’s govt committee rose from £4.95m to £5.41m.
Conservative MP Julian Knight, who chairs the Division for Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport choose committee, stated the general rise in pay for on-air expertise was “regarding”.
He stated: “Regardless of Gary Lineker’s pay minimize, when thousands and thousands of pensioners are having to seek out additional money to pay for the BBC and providers they rely on, it is regarding to see not solely has the invoice for on-air expertise has grown by greater than £1m however that greater than 100 senior executives are paid over £150,000 a yr – in lots of circumstances significantly greater than that.”
The general gender pay hole on the BBC has fallen from 6.7% to six.2%. Earlier director normal Tony Corridor had pledged to shut the gender pay hole by 2020.
Mr Davie stated that “was a really aggressive goal,” including: “We may be pleased with our progress however we should go additional.”
He stated he needed to extend the variety of girls throughout management ranks, the place the determine presently stands at 45%, in need of the 50% goal. “It is concerning the leaders, not discuss however motion,” he stated.
There are “a small variety of historic equal pay circumstances” to be resolved, the report stated.
This annual report incorporates loads of complicated messages, however is probably going nonetheless to result in easy and unfavourable headlines for the BBC.
The record of salaries for on-air broadcasters – which incorporates me – displays three years of reforms.
As a part of these reforms, many broadcasters – significantly however not completely males – both took vital pay cuts (Huw Edwards, Jeremy Vine and many others) or left the BBC (Chris Evans, John Humphrys leaving Right this moment, Eddie Mair).
Now, a number of broadcasters – significantly however not completely girls – have had pay rises.
Crucially, the pay rises for these feminine broadcasters (Zoe Ball, Fiona Bruce, Lauren Laverne, Emily Maitlis), replicate further work.
The general rise in pay for these whose salaries are revealed – round £1m – just isn’t, in monetary phrases, enormous, given the variety of individuals to which it pertains, and the salaries themselves. Certainly, it’s beneath inflation, and subsequently a minimize in actual phrases.
However, the optics are unhealthy for the BBC. Complexity would not minimize by means of in tales about excessive pay.
The easy reality is, in a time of immense hardship throughout the nation, with so many individuals redundant or furloughed and struggling, these enormous salaries (and their modest total enhance) will strike many licence charge payers as disgraceful.
The opposite large story is the BBC’s funds. Within the medium-term, they’re badly strained. It’s putting that by the top of subsequent yr, the BBC can have delivered round £800m in financial savings in simply 5 years.
However the truth that the licence charge did not rise with inflation between 2010 and 2017, and the £125m hit (at the least) from the coronavirus pandemic, are an enormous harm to the underside line for the approaching yr.
And that is earlier than you even think about whether or not a technology who give a lot time to TikTok, YouTube and WhatsApp really feel they should pay for a TV licence.
What else did the BBC annual report say?
Licence charge revenue dropped by £170m to £3.52bn in 2019/20, partly because of evasion. General, the BBC’s total revenue was down by £119m.
There was progress in industrial revenue from BBC Studios, and the company’s chairman Sir David Clementi stated a drive to extend such income could be “much more urgent” as a result of there shall be “main monetary pressures on the BBC” within the coming years.
The coronavirus pandemic means the organisation has confronted “vital challenges” and should discover additional financial savings on high of these already deliberate.
The BBC has already saved £618m since 2016/17, and that determine is predicted to rise above £800m by the top of the present monetary yr, the report stated.