Men dominate the list of top paid BBC stars

Gary Lineker, Chris Evans and Graham Norton remain at the top to the BBC’s rich list despite the broadcaster handing out huge pay rises to women stars.

Lineker raked in £1.75million for presenting Match of Day last year, while Graham Norton earned £620,000 for his work on Radio 2.

The BBC’s annual report also revealed DJ Chris Evans, who quit last year to join Virgin Radio, earned between £1,250,000 and £1,254,999 for around 150 episodes of his Radio 2 breakfast show.

Newsreader Huw Edwards earned between £490,000 and £494,999,

The figures were released as the BBC faces criticism for the decision to scrap free TV licenses for over-75s.

The annual report also revealed the corporation is spending more on making its programmes which are being watched by less people.

BBC One spent £1,106,000 on content in 2018/19, compared to £1,009,000 the year before, but its audience reach fell from 68.9 per cent of the UK population to 66.7 per cent.

The BBC pay list 2019

1. Gary Lineker – Match of the Day – £1.75m

2. Chris Evans – Outgoing Radio 2 Breakfast Show host – £1.25m 

3. Graham Norton – BBC Radio 2 Saturday show and a range of TV programmes – £615,000

4. Huw Edwards – BBC News – £495,000

5. Steve Wright –  Radio 2 afternoon show – £469,000 

6. Alan Shearer –  Match of the Day  – £444,000

7. Andrew Marr – The Andrew Marr Show – £394,000 

8. Zoe Ball – The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show – £374,00

9. Claudia Winkleman – BBC Radio 2 and TV shows – £374,000

10. Vanessa Feltz – BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio London – £359,000 

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