[Alison] Pearson accused the broadcaster of having a "culture of ludicrously inflated salaries" and being "dangerously out of touch" with the public. She called for cuts to the salaries of more than 100 senior staff earning over £150,000, as well as cutting the pay of stars and presenters. According to the BBC annual review last year, among the highest-paid stars were Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker (£1,750,000-£1,759,999), chat show host Graham Norton (£600,000-£609,000) and Radio 2 presenter Steve Wright (£550,000-£559,999). The top-earning female star was Claudia Winkleman, whose salary is estimated at £370,000-£379,999.
The total pay for on-air talent was £148m in 2017/2018.
I dunno why Ricky Tomlinson and supporters has pitched up outside Salford Quays to protest - shouldn't he be outside the relevant Government department?
The BBC has published the results of the consultations with various bodies and individuals on this matter and it can be read at https://www.bbc.com/aboutthebbc/reports ... nce-policy
I read Kate Hoey's contribution, which was:
I oppose the removal of the free licence for 0ver 75’s. I know hundreds of people in my constituency who literally would NOT be able to afford a licence fee. Most of the elderly rely on television-some have no visitors or friends and you can well afford to continue this by cutting back on some of the huge salaries you pay. Also your web site is far removed from public service broadcasting. If you remove the free licence it will be the first step for a huge campaign to stop the licence fee altogether which I will support.
Kate Hoey MP Vauxhall
There are, however, some unlikely supporters. I'll leave those as an exercise for the interested reader to discover.
I know I ain't common 'cause I got class I ain't never used yet.