THE BBC has published the earnings of some of its top talent — and it’s still dominated by men, with Gary Lineker at the top of the list.
The Match Of The Day host (pictured) is the biggest earner, taking home between £1.75million and £1,759,999.
He replaces Chris Evans at the top, who is shown to be earning between £1.6m and £1,669,999 for his Radio 2 Breakfast show — a significant drop from the up to £2,249,999 that he earned in the 12 months to April 2017, reflecting the fact that he stood down from Top Gear.
This year’s top 10 is entirely made up of men, with Lineker and Evans followed by Radio 2 DJ Graham Norton, on up to £609,999 — not including payments for his TV chat show.
The other big earners are also male — broadcasters Steve Wright, Huw Edwards, Jeremy Vine, Alan Shearer, Nicky Campbell, Nick Grimshaw and Stephen Nolan.
The BBC argues that the list does not reflect the true balance of payments to men and women as salaries through BBC Studios, which became a commercial entity and is not funded by the licence fee, are not revealed.
If included, they would feature payments to Claudia Winkleman for Strictly Come Dancing, Alex Jones for The One Show and Fiona Bruce for Antiques Roadshow.
It also says that recent changes to pay packets are not reflected as the list is compiled from salaries up to April this year.
There is some good news for female talent, however, with a few women making their debut on the list.
Mary Berry’s salary is published this year, showing the former Great British Bake Off judge earns between £190,000 to £199,999 ‘for a range of programmes and series’.
Women who appear to have received pay rises include Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis, who was absent last year despite co-host Evan Davis appearing.
This year she took home between £220,000 and £229,999.
Woman’s Hour host Jane Garvey, who has been outspoken in her criticism of the gender pay, is another new name.
She was paid between £150,000 and £159,000 for her work, which also includes programmes on 5 Live and episodes of Fortunately.
Other female stars to appear this year include Newsbeat’s Tina Daheley, who was paid between £150,000 and £159,000, which also includes cover for BBC Breakfast and Victoria Derbyshire.
This year’s report also features 5 Live Breakfast’s Rachel Burden, Europe editor Katya Adler and Scotland Editor and Sunday Politics journalist Sarah Smith.
Over the last 12 months, the BBC has announced pay cuts for some of its male stars, including broadcasters John Humphrys, who had been paid more than £600,000, Vine, who was on more than £700,000, and Edwards, who was on more than £550,000.
It was disclosed that Today host Humphrys’ salary would drop to below £300,000, Radio 5 Live star Campbell’s to below £350,000 and newsreader Edwards’ to below £500,000 — although this year’s report does not reflect this because it covers the past financial year.
Last year, the gender pay disparity at the BBC was revealed when the corporation published salaries for 96 people for the first time.
It catapulted the broadcaster into turmoil, with respected China editor Carrie Gracie (pictured below) resigning over unequal pay.
Today, salaries were revealed in bands of £10,000 rather than last year’s £50,000, after discussions with the government over transparency.
The BBC also published the detail of which programmes its stars have worked on, which it hopes ‘will help ensure that more informed comparisons can be made’, a BBC source said.
The BBC recently published figures showing it had reduced its gender pay gap by nearly a fifth, with 22 women (34 per cent) earning more than £150,000, compared with only 14 women (24 per cent) last year.
Meanwhile, the total number of men earning more than £150,000 has decreased moderately, from 44 (76 per cent) to 42 (66 per cent) this year.
But there are still no women earning more than £400,000, while 12 men take home above that figure.
A BBC source said: ‘The BBC has come a long way in a short period of time. The job is not done yet, but we are making good progress.’