BBC’s top talents paid more than £16 million
Match of the Day’s Gary Lineker said to earn more than £1 million a year
THE BBC paid more than £16 million to top stars in 2011/12, according to its accounts.
The figure was down from more than £21m the year before.
The BBC does not disclose individual salaries despite calls for it to do so, but instead details the number of individuals in separate bands of £500,000 to £750,000, £750,000 to £1m and from £1m to £5m.
Accounts published today by the BBC show 16 top earners shared around £16.4m in 2011/12.
Among the names widely reported to earn more than £1m a year are Match of the Day host Gary Lineker.
In 2010/11, 19 people filled the top three bands at the BBC pulling in pay of more than £21m.
Out-going director-general Mark Thompson said the BBC faced a “resurgent market for talent” which was partly caused by the expansion in Sky’s original programming.
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