BBC list: Closing pay gap and gender equality

Tuesday 02nd July 2019 14:11 EDT

Claudia Winkleman, Zoe Ball and Vanessa Feltz have all moved up the BBC's star salaries list after the corporation's efforts to tackle an equal pay problem. While the organisation has prominent BAME employees, none of them have made it to the top earners. Actors and some entertainment presenters who work for the corporation's commercial arm BBC Studios are not included.

Last year, all the top 12 earners were male, but this year Winkleman is now eighth, Ball is ninth and Feltz is joint 10th. Gary Lineker is still at the top of the list, on an unchanged £1.75m per year. Of those 75 presenters and correspondents, 60% were men, down from 65% when the list was first published in 2017.

The total talent bill has risen by £11m to £159m, with the number of stars earning over £150,000 up from 64 to 75. Stars of some of the BBC's biggest programmes - like Top Gear and Doctor Who - are absent from the list.

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