MPs say BBC must publish details of stars earning more than the Prime Minister
A committee of MPs has said the BBC should publish details of television stars earning more than the Prime Minister.
The BBC is already planning to name those who earn more than £450,000, which is expected to reveal stars such as Chris Evans, Gary Lineker and Graham Norton.
However, the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee has said the BBC should extend this to all stars earning more than the Prime Minister – that is, all those receiving salaries of more than £143,000 a year.
The committee’s chairman, Conservative MP Damian Collins said: “There will be agents, managers, headhunters who will know very well what different people are being paid.
“That’s part of the secret knowledge that people within the industry have but it’s not shared by licence fee payers – the people that provide the money in the first place.”
He added it was standard practice in public bodies to declare any salaries above the Prime Minister’s salaries.
In a statement response, the BBC argued that such a move would make it easy for rival broadcasters to poach their stars.
They said: “We cut our bill for talent pay by £8m last year, but creating a poacher’s charter by publishing the salaries of individual presenters and actors wouldn’t be in the interests of licence fee payers who say they want the best talent on the BBC.”
They said that the corporation has “led the way in transparency by publishing details of senior manager salaries over £150,000”.