THE BBC is set to reveal the salaries of its top stars today – with 76 presenters on more money than the Prime Minister.
It comes as the OAP TV licence row rages on, with the Beeb confirming in July it would plough on with a plan to end free TV licences for most over-75s.
The corporation’s annual report is published today, with the Daily Mail reporting almost 80 presenters earn more than £150k – what Boris Johnson makes as PM.
There are now two stars earning more than £1million, one between £500k and £1million and 73 others between £150,000 and £500,000.
The Beeb says the cost makes up only 10 per cent of the total creative internal content.
But the revelation is likely to cause more anger amongst campaigners trying to stop the corporation forcing the elderly to pay for their licence.
Desert Island Discs presenter Lauren Laverne is set to be one of the big earners, with Match of the Day’s Gary Lineker believed to be remaining as the highest-paid star.
He earned £1.75m in 2018/19, with Laverne pocketing £305,000 in the same time period.
New director-general Tim Davie vowed to cut the amount of people employed by the BBC, but this report shows the numbers are virtually the same.
Pensioner’s groups demanded the huge pay packets get slashed instead of the elderly being asked to contribute to licence fees.
‘WARPED SENSE OF PRIORITIES’
Dennis Reed, from Silver Voices, said: “This increase shows a warped sense of priorities by the BBC in a time of difficulty.
“I would like to see them giving equal priority to poorer pensioners who struggle to pay their licence fee.”
The BBC agreed to make over-75s exempt from the fee back in 2015 after an agreement was hammered out with the Government.
The subsidy will soon only be offered to over-75s on pension credit – which includes those on a weekly income below £173.75 and couples on less than £265.20.
Last year we told how BBC stars on huge salaries were paid £11million even more than 2018 – with the number of executives earning in excess of £150,000 rising from 92 to 106.
The Beeb revealed in 2019 the total wage bill for its big on-air stars reached £158million, up from £147million the previous year.
But some top stars’ pay is excluded from the annual reports thanks to a loophole in pay rules.
It also comes after the Beeb was blasted for choosing to remove the lyrics of Land of Hope and Glory and Rule, Britannia! from the Last Night of the Proms.
Whitehall sources say the combination of the Proms debacle and the row over billing over-75s for licences has shown there was a need to reform the broadcaster, the Daily Mail reports.
Mr Johnson ordered a review of sanctions for non-payment of the controversial charge last year with a final decision due in September.