WHO IS YOUR BBC FAVOURITE: The full list of star salaries

Gary Lineker, Zoe Ball and Graham Norton

Top earners – Gary Lineker, Zoe Ball and Graham Norton.

BY Bill Heaney

Read it and weep. The BBC has published the latest list of its highest-paid stars as part of its annual report. Pass the tissues, please.

At a time when it’s hard to find a programme worth watching on BBC TV, take care that your eyes don’t fall out.

Some stars have had pay increases, while others have dropped down the list.

Not all earnings are published – for example Zoe Ball’s earnings for Strictly: It Takes Two are not included because that is produced by BBC Studios, which is classed as a commercial entity.

The stars of other high profile programmes produced by BBC Studios, such as EastEnders and Top Gear, are also missing for the same reason.

Forget that though. Scan the list below and give us your top five favourites. I hate that advert which says “because you’re worth it”, but are any of these people on the this list really worth this kind of money?

Favourites – Kirsty Wark, Emily Maitlis and Laura Kuenssberg. 

My own favourite is Fiona Bruce, but not for Question Time. I enjoy the Antique Roadshow on a Sunday evening. But then that’s because I’m something of an antique myself. She pulls down a cool £450,000-£454,999.

Then there’s Sophie Raworth on the Six o’ Clock News. That’s only natural because I am a journalist and without question a news junkie. Sophie receives £275,000-£279,999

Still on the news side of things I admire Kirsty Wark (at least I did until she made that hellish recent documentary about Alex Salmond) who is a book lover, like myself. Kirsty gets £215,000-£219,999 to take back to Glasgow in her sporran.

Top of my list in recent weeks, however, has been Emily Maitlis – £370,000-£374,999 – who did that damning interview with Prince Andrew, who has not been seen since unless scurrying away from the cameras.

The superb Laura Kuenssberg – £290,000-£294,999 – was educated at the University of Glasgow and there’s nothing she doesn’t know about politics. Imagine having to cover Covid-19 at the same time for the same bulletin.

Here are the presenters who earned above £150,000 at the BBC in 2019-2020, and whose salaries have been published in the annual report:

Gary Lineker – £1,750,000-£1,754,999

Match of the Day, Premier League and FA Cup, Sports Personality of the Year

2018/2019: £1,750,000-£1,754,999

Zoe Ball – £1,360,000-£1,364,999

Radio 2’s Zoe Ball Breakfast Show

2018/2019: £370,000-£374,999

Graham Norton – £725,000-£729,999

Weekly show on Radio 2, a range of programmes and series, Bafta film and TV awards

2018/2019: £610,000-£614,999

Steve Wright – £475,000-£479,999

Radio 2’s Steve Wright in the Afternoon and Steve Wright’s Sunday Love Songs

2018/2019: £465,000-£469,999

Huw Edwards – £465,000-£469,999

News at Six and News at Ten, News Channel, election night and news specials

2018/2019: £490,000-£494,999

Fiona Bruce – £450,000-£454,999

Question Time and presenting on BBC One

2018/2019: £255,000-£259,999

Vanessa Feltz – £405,000-£409,999

Radio 2 Early Breakfast Show, Radio London Breakfast Show, Radio 2 cover

2018/2019: £355,000-£359,999

Lauren Laverne – £395,000 – £399,999

BBC 6 Music Breakfast Show, 6 Music Recommends, Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, Mercury Music Prize

2018/2019: £305,000-£309,999

Alan Shearer – £390,000-£394,999

Match of the Day: Premier League and FA Cup

2018/2019: £440,000-£444,999

Stephen Nolan – £390,000-£394,999

The Nolan Show on Radio Ulster, Nolan Live on BBC One (Northern Ireland), The Stephen Nolan Show on 5 Live

2018/2019: £325,000-£329,999

Ken Bruce – £385,000-£389,999

Radio 2’s Mid Morning Show, Eurovision Song Contest, Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park

2018/2019: £280,000-£284,999

Emily Maitlis – £370,000-£374,999

Newsnight, BBC documentaries and election programme

2018/2019: £260,000-£264,999

Claudia Winkleman – £365,000-£369,999

Weekly show for Radio 2, a range of programmes and series

2018/2019: £370,000-£374,999

Andrew Marr – £360,000-£364,999

The Andrew Marr Show, Radio 4’s Start the Week, Documentaries for BBC One and election night

2018/2019: £390,000-£394,999

Scott Mills – £345,000-£349,999

Radio 1’s The Scott Mills Show, Radio 5’s The Scott Mills and Chris Stark Show

2018/2019: £285,000-£289,999

George Alagiah – £325,000-£329,999

News at Six and News at Ten

2018/2019: £315,000-£319,999

Jeremy Vine – £320,000-£324,999

Daily show on Radio 2, election programme

2018/2019: £290,000-£294,999

Nicky Campbell – £300,000-£304,999

Radio 5 Live Breakfast Show, Your Call

2018/2019: £340,000-£345,999

Nick Robinson – £295,000-£299,999

Radio 4’s Today programme, Radio 4’s Political Thinking, Panorama on Brexit, election specials

2018/2019: £290,000-£294,999

Laura Kuenssberg – £290,000-£294,999

Political editor, election night, BBC Two documentaries

2018/2019: £250,000-£254,999

Jason Mohammad – £285,000-£289,999

Daily BBC Wales programme and other BBC Wales TV output, Final Score, other football, The Boat Race, Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday

2018/2019: £355,000-£359,999

Jo Whiley – £280,000-£284,999

Radio 2 evening show

2018/2019: £270,000-£274,999

Sara Cox – £275,000-£279,000

Radio 2 Drivetime show, Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park

2018/2019: £235,000-£239,999

Evan Davis – £275,000-£279,999

Radio 4’s PM and Radio 4’s The Bottom Line

2018/2019: £275,000-£279,999

Sophie Raworth – 275,000-£279,999

BBC News at Six, BBC News at Ten, election programme

2018/2019: £265,000-£269,999

Greg James – £275,000-£279,999

Radio 1 Breakfast Show, Radio 1’s Teen Awards and Big Weekend, Radio 4’s Rewinder

2018/2019: £225,000-£229,999

Mishal Husain – £265,000-£269,999

Radio 4’s Today programme, BBC One presenting, Radio 4’s From Our Home Correspondent

2018/2019: £255,000-£259,999

Emma Barnett – £260,000-£264,999

Radio 5 Live’s The Emma Barnett Show, BBC Two’s Newsnight, election work

2018/2019: Not listed

Dan Walker – £260,000-£264,999

BBC One’s Breakfast, Football Focus

2018/2019: £280,000-£284,999

Martha Kearney – £255,000-£255,999

Radio 4’s Today programme, Radio 4 documentary

2018/2019: £245,000-£249,999

Tina Daheley – £255,000-£259,999

Radio 2 Breakfast Show, Beyond Today podcast, BBC One News, BBC Breakfast cover, BBC World Service’s The Cultural Frontline, election programme, cover for Woman’s Hour

2018/2019: £185,000-£189,999

Sarah Montague – £250,000-£254,999

Radio 4’s World at One, HardTalk

2018/2019: £240,000-£244,999

Justin Webb – £250,000-£254,999

Radio 4’s Today programme

2018/2019: £245,000-£249,999

Mark Chapman – £245,000-£249,999

Radio 5 Live Sport, weekly Premier League highlights, Rugby League and NFL

2018/2019: £230,000 – £234,999

Nick Grimshaw – £240,000-£244,999

Radio 1’s drivetime show, Radio 1’s Big Weekend

2018/2919: £310,000-£314,999

Jon Sopel – £235,000-£239,999

North America editor, Radio 4’s Today programme cover

2018/2019: £240,000-£244,999

Jeremy Bowen: £220,000-£224,999

Middle East editor

2018/2019: £215,000 – £219,999

Trevor Nelson: £220,000-£224,999

Radio 2’s Rhythm Nation, weekend shows on 1Xtra

2018/2019: £165,000-£169,999

Kirsty Wark – £215,000-£219,999

BBC Two’s Newsnight, cover for Radio 4’s Start the Week and Talking Books

2018/19: Not listed

Victoria Derbyshire – £215,000-£219,999

Lead presenter on BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire and the BBC News Channel

2018/2019: £215,000 – £219,999

Clive Myrie – £215,000-£219,999

BBC News Channel, BBC One and location work

2018/2019: £200,000-£204,999

Louise Minchin – £215,000-£219,999

BBC One’s Breakfast, Triathlon: World Series

2018/2019: £205,000-£209,999

Mary Berry – £215,000-£219,999

A range of TV programmes and series

2018/2019: £195,000-£199,999

Katya Adler – £210,000 – £214,999

Europe Editor

2018/2019: £205,000-£209,999

Amol Rajan – £205,000-£209,999

Media Editor, Radio 4’s The Media Show, cover on Radio 2, Radio 4’s Start the Week, TV documentaries

2018/2019: £210,000 – £214,999

Fergal Keane – £205,000-£209,999

Africa Editor, World Service and Radio 4 documentaries

2018/2019: £195,000 – £199,999

Sue Barker – £200,000-£204,999

Wimbledon, Queen’s, ATP World Tour Finals, Australian Open, BBC documentaries

2018/2019: £195,000 – £199,999

Jermaine Jenas – £200,000-£204,999

Match of the Day: Premier League and FA Cup, MOTDx and Friday Football Social

2018/2019: £210,000 – £214,999

The rest of the list:

£195,000-£199,999

  • Naga Munchetty
  • John McEnroe

£190,000-£194,999

  • Charlie Stayt
  • Simon Jack

£185,000-£189,999

  • Mark Easton
  • Gabby Logan

£180,000-£184,999

  • Reeta Chakrabarti

£175,000-£179,999

  • Rachel Burden

£170,000-£174,999

  • Andrew Neil
  • James Naughtie
  • Annie Mac
  • Nihal Arthanayake
  • Jonathan Agnew

£165,000-£169,999

  • Ben Brown
  • John Pienaar

£160,000-£164,999

  • Simon McCoy
  • Orla Guerin
  • Shaun Keaveny

£155,000-£159,999

  • Carrie Gracie
  • Faisal Islam
  • Clara Amfo
  • Adrian Chiles
  • Clare Balding

£150,000-£154,999

  • Carolyn Quinn
  • Jane Hill
  • Mary Anne Hobbs
  • Joanna Gosling
  • Steve Lamacq

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