The BBC has released a full list of their top-earning stars as part of its annual report.
Last year, the television giant romised to take action to reduce its gender pay gap further. Their salary list from last July found tht only 34 of the 96 BBC stars were women, compared to 62 men.
2018’s list sees Gary Lineker take over Chris Evans as the highest paid BBC star. Between 2017-2018, Lineker earned between £1.75m-£1.76m, while Evans earned between £1.66m-£1.69m.
Claudia Winkleman is still the highest paid female employee, earning between £370,000-£379,999. She was 8th in last year’s list but has now dropped to 13th place.
The BBC did add that the published salaries don’t reflect some pay rises and pay cuts – those will be published in next years’ list.
Shows such as Strictly Come Dancing are no longer included in this list as they are made by BBC Studios which is now considered a commercial entity. You can see the full list here.
Speaking of their gender pay gap report back in October, Lord Hall said: “Fairness in pay is vital. We have pledged to close the gender pay gap by 2020 and have targets for equality and diversity on our airwaves. We have done a lot already, but we have more to do.”
While today’s reports show that we are in a better place than many organisations, I want a BBC that is an exemplar not just in the media but in the country – when it comes to pay, fairness, gender and representation – and what can be achieved. This is an essential part of modernising the BBC. And, if the BBC is to truly reflect the public it serves, then the makeup of our staff must reflect them.”
Earlier this year, Deadpool – played by Ryan Reynolds – interrupted Lineker on Match Of The Day to deliver a targeted message during the FA Cup Final.
Sitting in front of a green-screened stadium, Deadpool says: “My name is Deaddingtonpool Smythe, the 12th Baron of Old Fordinghamshire-ham-shire, and I’m dead excited to welcome you to the FA Cup Final”.
He finishes the segment by yelling off-camera: “Gary, that good for you? Better than Alan Shearer?”