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BBC staff slam 'obscene salaries' like Zoe Ball's for 'giving Beeb a bad name'


BBC staff believe some of the “obscene” salaries given to top talent such as Zoe Ball “give the corporation a bad name” amid widespread anger.

Radio 4 presenter Sangita Myska took issue with Zoe Ball’s £980,000 salary, despite the DJ, 50, taking a pay-cut.

In now-deleted tweets, she blasted: “Can you imagine earning so much that you can volunteer to take a £380,000 pay cut?

“I’m concerned that the differentials are so vast they give the public the wrong impression of what the vast majority of us earn.

“It gives the corporation a bad name. I’ve never been allowed to negotiate. Most staff I know get what they’re given.”



Zoe Ball's salary at the BBC has been blasted by her colleagues
Zoe Ball’s salary at the BBC has been blasted by her colleagues

A BBC News spokesman said: “The staff member has been reminded of the social media guidelines and responsibilities.”

Other staff believe the salaries of talent such as Gary Lineker, on £1.36million, and Huw Edwards, on £430,000, are “obscene”.

BBC sources have pointed to the fact that stars can make more on commercial rivals such as ITV.

Chris Evans and Graham Norton both left high-profile Radio 2 shows for Virgin.



Gary Lineker is among the top paid stars who have taken a pay cut
Gary Lineker is among the top paid stars who have taken a pay cut



Huw Edwards is the highest paid journalist at the Beeb
Huw Edwards is the highest paid journalist at the Beeb

Yesterday it emerged that Zoe asked bosses for a 28% pay cut when agreeing a new deal to host the Radio 2 Breakfast Show. She received £1.36m last year.

One source said at the time: “She felt uncomfortable about how much she earned.”

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Many other stars have also taken pay cuts including newsreader Huw Edwards (40k) to £430k, Question Time’s Fiona Bruce (45k) to £410k, Radio 2’s Steve Wright (£10k) to £470k and his colleague Ken Bruce (20k) to £370k.



Sangita Myska questioned some of the salaries paid at the BBC
Sangita Myska questioned some of the salaries paid at the BBC

Claudia Winkleman, who last year earned £370,000 for her Radio 2 show, is not on the list at all after it was taken off-air last spring. She will return next year after replacing Norton on Saturday mornings from February.

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