The BBC have revealed the salaries of some of its highest paid stars, and on top of that list is Chris Evans.
The radio presenter has been listed as the highest paid star of the BBC, earning between £2.2m-£2.25m in 2016-2017.
Gary Lineker is second on the list with between £1.75m-£1.8m, Graham Norton is third with between £850,000 – £899,999, although this doesn’t include his earnings from The Graham Norton Show, as this is produced by another company.
Claudia Winkleman is the highest paid woman on the list, earning between £450,000 – £500,000.
Political editor Laura Kuenssburg earns between £200,000 – £250,000, along with Eastenders actor Danny Dyer, and outgoing Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi.
Other notable people’s salaries include: Matt Baker (£450,000 – £499,999), Fiona Bruce (£350,000 – £400,000), Nick Grimshaw (£350,000 – £400,000), Sue Barker (£300,000 – £350,000), George Alagia (£250,000 – £300,000), and John McEnroe (£150,000 – £200,000).
The BBC has been under fire for its ‘sexist’ pay, as there is a significant gap between the highest paid male – Chris Evans at between £2.2m to £2.25m, and Claudia Winkleman at between £450,000 to £500,000. Aside from this, in the top ten of highest paid stars, only two women feature.
BBC’s director general Tony Hall has announced that the BBC will do more in order to tackle this issue.
“At the moment, of the talent earning over £150,000, two thirds are men and one third are women. We’ve set a clear target for 2020: we want all our lead and presenting roles to be equally divided between men and women. And it’s already having an impact. If you look at those on the list who we have hired or promoted in the last three years, 60% are women and nearly a fifth come from a BAME background.”