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ALMOST half of the highest-paid BBC employees were educated at private school, it has been revealed.

PUBLISHED: 16:57, Sun, Jul 23, 2017 | UPDATED: 17:07, Sun, Jul 23, 2017


Two-thirds of the highest earners at the BBC are all men

The licence-fee funded body was forced to reveal how much top talent receives, publishing a list of 96 names and their salary bands. 

But the organisation has faced calls of sexism after a glaring gender gap was revealed, with the highest paid star Chris Evans earning a maximum of £2.25million compared with the highest earning female, Claudia Winkleman, who is paid a maximum of £500,000. 

And two-thirds of the highest earners were all men. 

But now it has emerged that 45 per cent of staff earning over £150,000 - the threshold to make it onto the published list - were privately educated. 

BBC salaries: List of BBC stars’ pay REVEALED

Wed, July 19, 2017

The BBC has, for the first time, published salaries of its highest-paid stars

Salaries For Top Talent Revealed By The BBC

1: Chris Evans, Presenter (£2,200,000 - £2,249,999)

  • Salaries For Top Talent Revealed By The BBC

This compares to just seven per cent of the general population. 

And the trend remained among managers as well as the talent, with James Purnell, director of radio, James Harding, director of news, and other editors including Ian Katz and Sarah Sands, all attending private school. 

The corporation faces fresh criticism of being classist as well as sexist.


The Liberal Democrats equalities spokesperson urged the BBC to “widen their talent pool”

The Liberal Democrats equalities spokesperson urged the BBC to “widen their talent pool” in the wake of the shock figures.

And Labour MP David Lammy went further, openly criticising the broadcaster. 

He said: “The BBC as our national broadcaster needs to look like, sound like and reflect our diverse society. For too long the upper echelons of the BBC have been a close“On gender, on race, on disability, on sexual orientation and on class, it is clear that the BBC has a lot of work to do in fulfilling its public purpose of reflecting all aspects of the United Kingdom."

Baroness Lorely Burt, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for equalities, said: “It is disappointing to see that the BBC, which purports to educate and entertain us all in Britain, draws from such a narrow range of talent.

“For top jobs in too many companies in the UK it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.


Labour MP David Lammy went further, openly criticising the broadcaster

“Top teams in organisations of all kinds need to widen their talent pool and embrace the fact that drawing on people who don’t necessarily look like them, think like them or have the same background as them will improve their performance and their bottom line.”

In the wake of the emerging scandals BBC director Tony Hall admitted earlier this week that the organisation had a gender issue, but has yet to address the fresh debate around private education. 


The corporation faces fresh criticism of being classist as well as sexist

A BBC spokesperson said: “More than 80 per cent of the BBC's workforce was educated in state schools and the BBC is more diverse than it has ever been. 

“We also offer hundreds of apprenticeships to ensure the BBC is open to people from all backgrounds, but there's always more to do and we have an ambitious diversity strategy which sets out our commitment to do just that.”

Who earns the most at the BBC?

BBC bosses have revealed that Chris Evans is its highest-paid star earning £2.2million a year – four times more than its highest paid woman, Claudia Winkleman. Click here for the full list.

Here are the BBC’s top earners…

  • Chris Evans: £2.2million – £2.49million
  • Gary Lineker: £1.75million – £1.79million
  • Graham Norton: £850,000 – £899,000
  • Jeremy Vine: £750,000
  • John Humphrys: £640,000
  • Huw Edwards: £600,000
  • Steve Wright: £550,000
  • Claudia Winkleman: £450,000 – £499,000
  • Matt Baker: £500,000
  • Alan Shearer: £450,000
  • Nicky Campbell: £450,000
  • Alex Jones: £450,000                                                



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NOTE FOR AMERICANS: British public schools are what we would call private schools, like Ivy League schools here.  They are "public" in the sense that they are (technically) open to the public (ass opposed to being run for a religious institution), not in the sense that they are publicly funded like State Universities in the U.S.  Like Ivy League schools here, British public schools are very exclusive and admission is difficult

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