BBC presenters salaries revealed: Lineker remains highest-paid star while Ball's salary jumps £1m

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by Charlie Spargo
BBC

The full list of BBC on-air stars earning over £150,000 has been revealed today, with Gary Lineker remaining the highest-paid presenter.

As part of its annual report, the BBC began last year to announce the salaries of presenting staff earning more than £150,000 a year, which at the time was described by some as a "poachers' charter". It ultimately led to the departure of some stars, like Chris Evans.

The report this year shows that many women have been given pay rises to reach the top 10, while others' salaries have dropped. It has also been revealed that Gary Lineker has agreed a new five-year contract which will see his pay cut by 23%, putting him level with this year's number two, Zoe Ball.

Ball's salary has jumped from £370,000-£374,999 in 2018/19 to £1,360,000-£1,364,999 in 2019/20, for her work on Radio 2's Zoe Ball Breakfast Show. She overtakes Graham Norton, whose pay has risen somewhat to £725,000-£729,000.

As we reported yesterday, Radio 5 live and Radio Ulster's Stephen Nolan has reentered the top 10, with Lauren Laverne, now lead presenter at 6Music. Fiona Bruce, now presenting Question Time, makes the top 10 for the first time, meaning it's the first year that four women have been in the top 10.

These figures, however, may not reflect every star's full salary, since it does not include payment from BBC Studios, the Corporations' commercial arm. Therefore, Ball's salary from Strictly: It Takes Two is not included, and the pay packets of stars of shows like EastEnders and Casualty are not revealed either. This explains why radio presenters are so dominant in today's list.

Here's the list in full:

BBC on-air talent
Salary band
Gary Lineker                                                         
                              £1,750,000-£1,754,999
Zoe Ball
£1,360,000-£1,364,999
Graham Norton
£725,000-£729,000
Steve Wright
£475,000-£479,999
Huw Edwards
£465,000-£469,999
Fiona Bruce
£450,000-£454,999
Vanessa Feltz
£405,000-£409,999
Lauren Laverne
£395,000 - £399,999
Alan Shearer
£390,000-£394,999
Stephen Nolan
£390,000-£394,999
Ken Bruce
£385,000-£389,999
Emily Maitlis
£370,000-£374,999
Claudia Winkleman
£365,000-£369,999
Andrew Marr
£360,000-£364,999
Scott Mills 
£345,000-£349,999
George Alagiah
£325,000-£329,999
Jeremy Vine
£320,000-£324,999
Nicky Campbell
£300,000-£304,999
Nick Robinson
£295,000-£299,999
Laura Kuenssberg
£290,000-£294,999
Jason Mohammad
£285,000-£289,999
Jo Whiley
£280,000-£284,999
Sara Cox
£275,000-£279,000
Evan Davies
£275,000-£279,999
Sophie Raworth
275,000-£279,999
Greg James
£275,000-£279,999
Mishal Husain
£265,000-£265,999
Emma Barnett
£260,000-£264,999
Dan Walker
£260,000 - £264,999
Martha Kearney
£255,000 - £255,999
Tina Daheley
£255,000 - £255,999
Sarah Montague
£250,000 - £254,999
Justin Webb
£250,000 - £254,999
Mark Chapman
£245,000 - £249,999
Nick Grimshaw
£240,000 - £244,999
Jon Sopel
£235,000 - £239,999
Jeremy Bowen
£220,000 - £224,999
Trevor Nelson
£220,000 - £224,999
Kirsty Wark
£215,000 - £219,999
Victoria Derbyshire
£215,000 - £219,999
Clive Myrie
£215,000 - £219,999
Louise Minchin
£215,000 - £219,999
Mary Berry
£215,000 - £219,999
Katya Adler
£210,000 - £214,999
Amol Rajan
£205,000 - £209,999
Sue Barker
£200,000 - £204,999
Jermaine Jenas
£200,000 - £204,999
Naga Munchetty
£195,000-£199,999
John McEnroe
£195,000-£199,999
Charlie Stayt
£190,000-£194,999
Simon Jack
£190,000-£194,999
Mark Easton
£185,000-£189,999
Gabby Logan
£185,000-£189,999
Reeta Chakrabarti
£180,000-£184,999
Rachel Burden
£175,000-£179,999
Andrew Neil
£170,000-£174,999
James Naughtie
£170,000-£174,999
Annie Mac
£170,000-£174,999
Nihal Arthanayake
£170,000-£174,999
Jonathan Agnew
£170,000-£174,999
Ben Brown
£165,000-£169,999
John Pienaar
£165,000-£169,999
Simon McCoy
£160,000-£164,999
Orla Guerin
£160,000-£164,999
Shaun Keaveny
£160,000-£164,999
Carrie Gracie
£155,000-£159,999
Faisal Islam
£155,000-£159,999
Clara Amfo
£155,000-£159,999
Adrian Chiles
£155,000-£159,999
Clare Balding
£155,000-£159,999
Carolyn Quinn
£150,000-£154,999
Jane Hill
£150,000-£154,999
Mary Anne Hobbs
£150,000-£154,999

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