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Seven takeaways from the BBC stars' pay reveal

20 July 2017

The highest paid female presenter is Claudia Winkleman (between £450,00 and £499,000).

Radio 2 Breakfast DJ and former Top Gear host Evans took home between £2.2 million and £2,249,999 in the 12 months to April 2017.

The decision to force the BBC to publish its top talent pay has been decried by both Hall and competitors such as ITV's TV chief Kevin Lygo, who argue it will simply inflate pay over coming years. "We are in a very competitive market, not just with ITN and Sky, but now with Netflix, with Amazon with all sorts of west coast companies".

"Is this where we want to be?"

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The Guardian exposed the report's stark gender pay gap with some examples of what male stars earn in comparison to their female counterparts. Of the96 people who earn more than the Prime Minister, two-thirds are male.

The corporation, which employs just over 21,000 people, said the number of on-air employees paid over 150,000 pounds a year had decreased from 109 a year ago. "It's going to change the market for talent in this country", he added. And while she doesn't have her own a radio show, the 48-year-old has presented the celeb dance competition for 13 years, originally starring alongside Bruce Forsyth.

Laura Kuenssberg, the BBC's political editor, earns between £200,000 and £249,999 - less than PM host Eddie Mair, who earns between £300,000 and £349,999.

On Wednesday, the BBC released its latest annual report touting the success of its productions, but what stole the show was how much the broadcaster pays its talent - and how much less women are paid than men. "Leave it at that", he said.

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The NUJ has long called for a review of the terms and conditions of senior BBC executives, said Séamus Dooley, acting general secretary of the NUJ.

He said: "Well what about nurses, I agree with you". "But look, we put these arguments out there and we lost".

'They help make the BBC what it is.

Gary Lineker, ex-soccer player and presenter of soccer show Match Of The Day, was the top earner in the sports section, earning anywhere between £1.75 million ($2.28 million) and £1.79 million ($2.3 million).

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Jeremy Paxman is also believed to be paid through independent production companies for his contributions, too. He said it was right the list was made public, telling reporters: 'We are the ultimate public company'.

The BBC has not given exact figures for any of the salaries revealed, and has stated that the figures which have been revealed only refer to the amount of licence fee money each person receives and "doesn't include their earnings from other broadcasters or commercial activities".