Some of the BBC's biggest stars stand accused of fleecing the TV licence fee payer, after it emerged that they pocket payments of up to £125,000 for hosting an hour-long programme.
For years the BBC has been sobbing to the Government about how it will have to cut back on services as a result of the frozen TV licence fee, yet it appears the bloated Corporation has no trouble at all when it comes to lining the pockets of its fat cat executives or overrated talent.
Only last week one of the highest paid BBC stars, Top Gear host Chris Evans, said that it would be sensible for the BBC to spend less on celebrity salaries.
Today, the Daily Mail has published a list of the astonishing salaries claimed by some of the BBC's biggest names. The BBC has tried very hard to suppress the publication of this information and looking at the figures below it's easy to see why.
- Chris Evans - Radio 2 presenter and host of Top Gear - £1.6m, of which £1m is for his television work and £600k for his radio work. That works out at the equivalent of £125k per episode of Top Gear.
- Michael McIntyre - host of Michael McIntyre's Big Show - £500k. That is the equivalent of £83k per episode.
- Matt LeBlanc - host of Top Gear - £500k. That is the equivalent of £62.5k per episode.
- Jeremy Vine - Radio 2 presenter and host of Eggheads - £800k. That is the equivalent of £3.8k per show.
- Ian Hislop - panellist on Have I Got News For You - £400k. That is the equivalent of £20k per episode.
- Claudia Winkleman - host of Strictly Come Dancing - £525k. That is the equivalent of £18.9k per episode.
- Gary Lineker - presenter of Match Of The Day - £1.8m. That is the equivalent of £51.4 per episode.
- Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins - presenters of The Great British Bake Off - £500k each. That is the equivalent of £45.5k per episode.
- Will.i.am - judge on The Voice - £600k. That is the equivalent of £42.8k per episode.
- Alan Yentob - presenter of Imagine - £150k. That is the equivalent of £12.5k per episode.
- Gabby Logan - presenter of The Edge, Match Of The Day and The London Marathon - £375k. That is the equivalent of £11.4 per episode.
- Graham Norton - host of The Graham Norton Show and commentator on the Eurovision Song Contest - £1.3m. That is the equivalent of £36.1k per episode.
- David Dimbleby - host of Question Time - £450k. That is the equivalent of £15k per episode.
- Ricky Wilson - judge on The Voice - £200k. That is the equivalent of £14.8k per episode.
- Andrew Marr - Radio 4 presenter and host of The Andrew Marr Show - £580k. That is the equivalent of £9.8k per episode.
- Alex Jones - host of The One Show - £500k. That is the equivalent of £2.2k per episode.
- Eddie Mair - Radio 4 presenter - £425k. That is the equivalent of £9k per episode.
- Fiona Bruce - presenter of Antiques Roadshow, Fake Or Fortune and BBC News - £500k. That is the equivalent of £7.3k per episode.
- Clare Balding - host of The Clare Balding Show, presenter of Good Morning Sunday, Ramblings and BBC Sport - £500k. That is the equivalent of £7.3k per episode.
- Craig Revel Horwood - judge on Strictly Come Dancing - £200k. That is the equivalent of £7.1k per episode.
- John Humphrys - Radio 4 and Mastermind presenter - £375k. That is the equivalent of £8.9k per episode.
- Greg Wallace - presenter of MasterChef and MasterChef The Professionals - £250k. That is the equivalent of £5.1k per episode.
All this, remember, is only possible thanks to the unique way the BBC is funded by the TV licence fee.
There has never been a better time to cancel your TV licence.
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