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

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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