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20 July, 2017

The highest-paid actor at the BBC is Derek Thompson, who plays Charlie in Casualty.

Elsewhere in sport Sue Barker is the highest paid woman on £300,000 - £349,000, Gabby Logan is on £200,000 - £249,999, John Inverdale on £200,000 - £249,999, John McEnroe on £150,000 - £199,999 and Clare Balding on £150,000 - £199,999 a year.

The television reporter was out-earned only by sports reporter Gary Lineker who earns £1,750,000 - £1,799,999, and Chris Evans, who topped the list with £2,200,000 - £2,249,999.

Among the other "multi-genre" BBC presenters on large salaries were Jeremy Vine, of quiz show Eggheads, on £700,000 to £749,999, BBC News anchor Huw Edwards on £550,000 to £599,999, and Radio 2's Steve Wright on £500,000 to £549,999.

The sum did not include his salary for his famous chat show because it is produced by an independent company.

In a tweet on Wednesday morning, Lineker wrote: "Happy BBC salary day".

The Match Of The Day presenter joked on Twitter how he would be needing a tin helmet come 11am.

"I'm well paid but I'm much less overpaid, perhaps, than people working for rival organisations who won't go through this process", he said last month.

Andrew Marr also objected to the report.

If you thought that sounded bad, brace yourselves for this one - the top four male BBC presenters collectively earn £5.5 million a year whilst the top four female BBC presenters collectively earn £1,749,996.

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And there could be embarrassment for the presenters of flagship Radio 4 programme, Today.

Anticipating the onslaught of criticism, BBC Director Tony Hall said the organisation is committed to closing the gender-pay gap.

Hall also said that nearly two-thirds of new appointments and promotions within TV and radio departments over the past three years had been women.

He added that it was "probably right and proper that people know what we get paid" and said that the publication of the figures today would mark the beginning of pay disparities - such as unequal pay between men and women - being "redressed".

In all there are 96 staff paid more than £150,000 a year in a total wage bill for top on-air talent of £27 million.

"But of course we all appreciate that we are dealing with the public's money". Was he overpaid? "I don't even want to answer that". "And we will also have the pay gap sorted by then, too".

In other surprise revelations, it turned out that the BBC's highest paid actor is not, as one might think, Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi, but in fact long-time Casualty star Derek Thompson.

Asked whether the publication of the pay figures would present a "lawyer's charter" for the BBC, with many women seeking to claim gender discrimination due to their pay, Hall said: "We will be working carefully and managing carefully our relationships with the talent we depend on".

It will make it enormously hard for them to remain competitive and could mean they cannot retain talent.


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