Gary Lineker is STILL the BBC’s highest paid star on £1.36 million

Gary Lineker, Zoe Ball and Huw Edwards are among the 10 highest paid BBC stars who took a pay cut in last year – but Scott Mills and Greg James both received salary rises, the corporation’s annual report reveals.

Match of the Day host Lineker is still the BBC‘s highest earning on-air talent taking home between £1,360,000 and £1,364,999. 

Ball comes in second with a £1,130,000 to £1,134,999 salary between 2020 and 2021.

This is despite both stars taking pay cuts. Lineker slashed his £1.75million pay package by £400,000 as part of a five-year deal in December.

Ball also took a reduction in her pay when agreeing a new two-year deal as Radio 2’s breakfast host because she felt ‘uncomfortable’ about her £1million rise.

The remaining three stars in the top five –  Steve Wright, Huw Edwards and Question Time anchor Fiona Bruce – are all earning less than they did in 2019 to 2020.

But Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills has received a pay rise, and appears on the top ten list for the first time with a salary of between £375,000 and £379,999. 

And his colleague Greg James earned £310,000 to £314,999 – up from £229,999 one year prior.

Gary Lineker, Zoe Ball and Huw Edwards are among the 10 highest paid BBC stars who took a pay cut in last year - but Scott Mills and Greg James both received salary rises, the corporation's annual report reveals

Gary Lineker, Zoe Ball and Huw Edwards are among the 10 highest paid BBC stars who took a pay cut in last year - but Scott Mills and Greg James both received salary rises, the corporation's annual report reveals

Gary Lineker, Zoe Ball and Huw Edwards are among the 10 highest paid BBC stars who took a pay cut in last year – but Scott Mills and Greg James both received salary rises, the corporation’s annual report reveals

Gary Lineker is still the BBC's highest earning on-air talent - despite taking a £400,000 pay cut last year

Gary Lineker is still the BBC's highest earning on-air talent - despite taking a £400,000 pay cut last year

Gary Lineker is still the BBC’s highest earning on-air talent – despite taking a £400,000 pay cut last year 

Zoe Ball remains the broadcaster's second highest paid talent after asking for a reduction in her pay when agreeing a new two-year deal as Radio 2's breakfast host

Zoe Ball remains the broadcaster's second highest paid talent after asking for a reduction in her pay when agreeing a new two-year deal as Radio 2's breakfast host

Zoe Ball remains the broadcaster’s second highest paid talent after asking for a reduction in her pay when agreeing a new two-year deal as Radio 2’s breakfast host 

BBC rich list 2021 top ten 

1. Gary Lineker – DOWN

2020: £1,750,000-£1,754,999

2021: 1,360,000-£1,364,999

Pay cut taken: £390,000 

2. Zoe Ball – DOWN

2020: £1,360,000-£1,364,999

2021: £1,130,000-£1,134,999

Pay cut taken: £230,000 

3. Steve Wright – DOWN

2020: £475,000-£479,999

2021: £465,000-£469,999

Pay cut taken: £10,000 

4. Huw Edwards – DOWN 

2020: £465,000-£469,999

2021: £425,000- £429,999

Pay cut taken: £40,000 

5. Fiona Bruce – DOWN 

2020: £450,000-£454,999

2021: £405,000-£409,999

Pay cut taken: £45,000 

6. Stephen Nolan – UP 

2020: £390,000-£394,999

2021: £405,000-£409,999

Pay rise taken: £15,000

7. Lauren Laverne – NO CHANGE

2020: £395,000 – £399,999

2021: 395,000-£399,999 

8. Vanessa Feltz – DOWN 

2020: £405,000-£409,999

2021: £390,000-£394,999 

Pay cut taken: £15,000 

9. Alan Shearer – NO CHANGE

2020: £390,000-£394,999

2021: £390,000-£394,999 

10. Scott Mills – UP 

2020: £345,000-£349,999

2021: £375,000-£379,999

Pay rise taken: £30,000

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The BBC today announced its highest earners list which shows staff wages dropped to £130million: 

  • Radio stars  Scott Mills and Greg James had pay increases
  • Gary Lineker, Zoe Ball, Huw Edwards and Steve Wright all had a cut in money earned 
  • Match of the Day host Lineker is still the BBC‘s highest earning on-air talent taking home between £1,360,000 and £1,364,999.
  • Ball comes in second with a £1,130,000 to £1,134,999 salary between 2020 and 2021 
  • Lineker slashed his £1.75million pay package by £400,000 in December
  • Ball also took a reduction in her pay when agreeing a new two-year deal as Radio 2’s breakfast host  

Graham Norton has dropped off the list completely after leaving his Radio 2 Saturday show for Virgin Radio in December.

His replacement Claudia Winkleman is also missed off the list – with her salary from hosting Strictly Come Dancing not included because it is a BBC Studios production.

Overall, the corporation has cut the wage bill for its top talent by 10 per cent after some of its biggest names agreed to salary cuts or quit, its annual report for 2020/21 shows.

The total amount handed out to the biggest stars – on £150,000 or more – has dropped by more than £2million in the space of a year.

This means the corporation spent about £19.6million on its top stars, down from £21.7million the year before.

Last year, it was announced that Lineker had agreed to give up about £400,000 of his £1.75million pay, as part of a five-year deal. 

This was set to make Miss Ball the corporation’s highest paid star, but it then emerged that the Radio 2 presenter had asked to take a 28 per cent pay cut to £980,000 to reflect the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

This figure is lower than is listed in the 2020/21 annual report, which shows her earnings to be in the bracket of £1,130,000 to £1,134,999 and which represents only a few months of Ball’s new salary deal – including the reduction the presenter requested.

A BBC spokeswoman said: ‘Zoe Ball is a world-class broadcaster hosting Radio 2’s flagship show and her professionalism and commitment to the Breakfast Show is extraordinary.

‘She’s hugely talented and has made the show her own, with many millions of listeners tuning in each morning to the nation’s most listened to Breakfast Show.’ 

Since 2017, the BBC has been made to publish the names of those earning more than £150,000 each year, a move instigated by the Government.

But pay packets made through BBC Studios, the broadcaster’s commercial arm, are not revealed.

Claudia Winkleman, who has replaced Norton as Radio 2’s Saturday host, does not feature on the list this year, with her salary from hosting Strictly Come Dancing also not included because it is also a BBC Studios production.

Huw Edwards, Fiona Bruce, Vanessa Feltz, Ken Bruce and Emily Maitlis have all seen their salaries reduced, while radio presenters Scott Mills and Greg James have seen increases.

The report says: ‘Covid-19 has made the on-air environment highly volatile, with delays to productions and the cancellation of live events, especially sport.

‘Despite this, we have ensured a stable gender split of 56:44.

‘We have demonstrated our ability to deliver improvement since initial publication, with further improvement expected in the forthcoming year as we move towards a 50:50 balance on a gender basis.’

It says that ‘significant reductions’ have been agreed with individuals who appear ‘towards the very top of this list’.

The report covers the first six months of BBC director-general Tim Davie’s tenure. 

Mr Davie said: ‘The BBC has delivered outstanding content and value to audiences in extraordinary circumstances this year. 

‘I am proud of all we have achieved to inform, educate and entertain the Nation in record numbers during the pandemic.

‘The BBC is responding to global competition and pressure on our finances. 

‘But, we know we must do much more to ensure licence fee payers across the UK get best value from the BBC, to maintain their trust and provide a service they cannot do without.

‘I am absolutely focused on making the reforms we need to ensure the BBC is positioned to offer all audiences the best possible service well into the future.’

The annual report also revealed that former BBC director-general Lord Hall took home £190,000 in the final five months of his time running the broadcaster.

The organisation also paid new DG Mr Davie, who replaced Lord Hall in September, £471,000 in the 12 months to the end of March – seven months as DG and five months in his previous job running BBC Studios.

Mr Davie’s pay packet was significantly down on the £642,000 he was paid at commercial division BBC Studios, due to a £200,000 bonus received a year earlier.

But despite the fall, the new DG and new chairman Richard Sharp continue to enjoy the benefits of being the only BBC workers entitled to a car and chauffeur – as their predecessors had, the report shows.

Mr Davie is understood to have agreed to take the same pay as Lord Hall for his first year in charge of the corporation, but will see his salary and benefits rise to £525,000 from next year.

The BBC also said its gender pay gap continues to improve, with a median average of 5.2 per cent gap between men and women. This compared with a 6.2 per cent gap a year earlier.

But, Graham Norton has dropped off the list completely after leaving his Radio 2 Saturday show for Virgin Radio in December

His replacement Claudia Winkleman is also missed off the list - with her salary from hosting Strictly Come Dancing not included because it is a BBC Studios production

His replacement Claudia Winkleman is also missed off the list - with her salary from hosting Strictly Come Dancing not included because it is a BBC Studios production

His replacement Claudia Winkleman is also missed off the list – with her salary from hosting Strictly Come Dancing not included because it is a BBC Studios production

However, the report showed that the pay gap at the bottom end of the BBC management structure remains the highest, with a gap of 6.5 per cent.

 Management said they needed to do more to recruit and promote women into leadership positions.

The BBC’s black, Asian and minority ethnic pay gap remains close to zero, it added, although bosses admitted they needed to do more to improve representation of those groups in leadership roles.

Although the BBC is funded mainly through the licence fee, it also has commercial arms that generate revenue.

According to the report, BBC Commercial Holdings saw underlying pre-tax profits of £144 million in the last financial year – down 23.8 per cent.

BBC Studios, which Mr Davie previously ran, saw a fall in profits of 17% and 10% fall in revenues to £1.26 billion due to the pandemic hitting productions and advertising sales.

Its Global News division sank to a £9 million loss, compared with a £2 million profit a year earlier, and BBC Studioworks, which provides edit facilities, saw profits down £2 million to just £6 million.

Huw Edwards, Fiona Bruce (pictured), Vanessa Feltz, Ken Bruce and Emily Maitlis have all seen their salaries reduced, while radio presenters Scott Mills and Greg James have seen increases

Huw Edwards, Fiona Bruce (pictured), Vanessa Feltz, Ken Bruce and Emily Maitlis have all seen their salaries reduced, while radio presenters Scott Mills and Greg James have seen increases

Pictured: Emily Maitlis

Pictured: Emily Maitlis

Huw Edwards, Fiona Bruce (left), Vanessa Feltz, Ken Bruce and Emily Maitlis (right) have all seen their salaries reduced, while radio presenters Scott Mills and Greg James have seen increases

BBC’S 2021 STARS’ PAY REVEALED: ALL PAY CUTS AND RISES THIS YEAR

Stars who had their pay cut  

Gary Lineker 

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

Current pay: 1,360,000-£1,364,999

Past pay: 2019/2020, £1,750,000-£1,754,999 

Zoe Ball

Radio 2’s Zoe Ball Breakfast Show 

Current pay: £1,130,000-£1,134,999

Past pay: £1,360,000-£1,364,999  

Steve Wright

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

Current pay: £465,000-£469,999

Past pay:£475,000-£479,999 

Huw Edwards 

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

Current pay: £425,000-£429,999

Past pay: £465,000-£469,999 

Fiona Bruce 

Question Time and presenting on BBC One 

Current pay: £405,000-£409,999

Past pay: £450,000-£454,999

Vanessa Feltz 

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

Current pay: £390,000-£394,999

Past pay: £355,000-£359,999

Ken Bruce 

Radio 2’s Mid Morning Show, Eurovision Song Contest 

Current pay: £365,000-£369,999

Past pay: £385,000-£389,999

Andrew Marr

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

Current pay: £335,000-£339,999

Past pay: £360,000-£364,999

Emily Maitlis

Current pay: £325,000-£329,999

Past pay: £370,000-£374,999

Jeremy Vine

Daily show on Radio 2 

Current pay: £295,000-£299,999

Past pay: £320,000-£324,999

Nicky Campbell 

Radio 5 Live Breakfast Show, Your Call

Current pay: £295,000-£299,999

Past pay: £300,000-£304,999

Jo Whiley 

Radio 2 evening show 

Current pay: £275,000-£279,999

Past pay: £280,000-£284,999

Nick Robinson 

Radio 4’s Today programme, Radio 4’s Political Thinking, Radio 4 documentaries 

Current pay: £270,000-£274,999

Past pay: £295,000-£299,999

Evan Davis 

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

Current pay: £270,000-£274,999

Past pay: £275,000-£279,999

Jason Mohammad 

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

Current pay: £270,000-£274,999

Past pay: £285,000-£289,999

Laura Kuenssberg 

Political editor

Current pay: £260,000-£264,999

Past pay: £290,000-£294,999

Martha Kearney 

Current pay: £250,000-£254,999

Past pay: £255,000-£255,999

Sarah Montague 

Current pay: £245,000-£249,999

Past pay: £250,000-£254,999

Emma Barnett 

Current pay: £240,000-£249,999

Past pay: £260,000-£264,999

Jon Sopel  

North America editor

Current pay: £230,000-£234,999

Past pay: £235,000-£239,999

Tina Daheley 

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

Current pay: £225,000-£229,999

Past pay: £255,000-£259,999

Kirsty Wark 

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

Current pay: £210,000-£214,999

Past pay: £215,000-£219,999

Clive Myrie 

BBC News Channel, BBC One and Panorama

Current pay: £205,000-£209,999

Past pay: £215,000-£219,999 

Stars who had their pay increased  

Stephen Nolan

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

Current pay: £405,000-£409,999

Past pay: £390,000-£394,999

Scott Mills 

Radio 1’s The Scott Mills Show, Radio 5’s The Scott Mills and Chris Stark Show, cover on Radio 1 and Radio 2

Current pay: £375,000-£379,999

Past pay: £345,000-£349,999 

George Alagiah 

News at Six and News at Ten 

Current pay: £325,000-£329,999

Past pay: £315,000-£319,999

Greg James 

Radio 1 Breakfast Show, Radio 4’s Rewinder 

Current pay: £310,000-£314,999

Past pay: £275,000-£279,999

Dan Walker 

BBC One’s Breakfast, Football Focus 

Current pay: £295,000-£295,999

Past pay: £260,000-£264,999

Sophie Raworth 

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

Current pay: £280,000-£284,999

Past pay: £275,000-£279,999

Mishal Husain 

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

Current pay: £275,000-£279,999

Past pay: £265,000-£269,999

Naga Munchetty 

BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 Live (from January 2021) 

Current pay: £255,000-£259,999

Past pay: £195,000 – £199,999

Justin Webb 

Radio 4’s Today programme

Current pay: £255,000-£259,999

Past pay: £250,000-£254,999

Mark Chapman 

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

Current pay: £250,000-£254,999

Past pay: £245,000-£249,999

Amol Rajan 

Media Editor, Radio 4’s The Media Show, BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, cover on Radio 2, Radio 4’s ReThink, TV documentaries 

Current pay: £240,000-£249,999

Past pay: £205,000-£209,999

Trevor Nelson  

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

Current pay: £230,000-£234,999

Past pay: £220,000-£224,999

Katya Adler 

Europe Editor

Current pay: £220,000-£224,999

Past pay: £210,000 – £214,999

Faisal Islam 

Economics editor 

Current pay: £205,000-£209,999

Past pay: £155,000-£159,999

Rachel Burden

Current pay: £205,000-£209,999

Past pay: £175,000-£179,999

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